Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions
Yebisu Garden Place, Tokyo
11 Feb, 2016 thorough 20 Feb, 2016
Cheng Ran and Guo Hongwei participate in the 8th edition of the Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions in February, 2016. This year’s Yebisu Festival, with “Garden in Movement” as its theme, extends from nature and people out to contemporary society itself, seeks to explore the intersection between art and expression in moving images.
The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions is an international art and film festival aimed at disseminating film and art culture both within Japan and overseas. As the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography is temporarily closed for renovations, this year’s festival will be taken outside the confines of the museum, with a variety of venues being used to host a wide range of integrated events, including exhibitions and screenings of genre-crossing, highly artistic works on film, as well as live events, lectures, and discussions.
This year’s theme, “Garden in Movement” is inspired by the French landscape designer, philosopher and botanist Gilles Clement. Clement s a pioneer of “biological gardening” — working with nature, not against it, in a symbiotic manner to maintain a sustainable growing environment. An illustration of this vision of the interdependent relationship of man with nature is one of the exhibits at the Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions 2016.
Cheng Ran and Guo Hongwei’s video works are included in the section “Garden, forest and city: Video art from contemporary China.” Cheng’s piece, “Prospect Cottage,” together with Guo’s piece, “Miss Oyu,” is an example of contemporary video expressions created by artists born in the 1980s in China.
All artists participate in the section “Garden, forest and city: Video art from contemporary China” are: CHENG Ran, GUO Hongwei, MA Qiusha, ZHANG Liaoyuan, Olafur ELIASSON, ZHOU Tao, Anton VIDOKLE & HU Fang.