ACMI Presents ‘China Up Close’

By November 10, 2014 Events
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China is the focus for ACMI’s first international ‘Up Close’ program.  ‘China Up Close – art, film, society and culture through the lens‘ will run from 4 December 2014 to March 2015.

‘China Up Close’ seeks to showcase China’s greatest screen artists, and examines the powerful changes that are being experienced in Chinese culture and society today. From video art, new films, Chinese classics and an extensive program of talks, the showcase spotlights key movements, makers and themes in Chinese film and culture for a wide audience.

The Program:

Central to the program is the premiere of free exhibition Yang Fudong: Filmscapes, profiling the elaborate films and film installations of celebrated Shanghai-based artist Yang Fudong. Showcasing three seminal works: Ye Jiang/The Nightman Cometh (2011), The Fifth Night (2010) and East of Que Village (2007). It will also feature a brand new work co-commissioned by ACMI and Toi o Tāmaki (Auckland Art Gallery), entitled New Women II (2014). Emerging onto the international arts scene in the early 1990s, Fudong’s dramatic and highly stylised film installations draw on Asian and Western cinema (particularly film noir and the French avant-garde) and are rooted in the traditions of Chinese literature, philosophy and art. Often described as dreamlike, his works gracefully transition between layered stories and settings, spanning multiple screens. Today Fudong is lauded for introducing multi-screen Chinese film installations to the West. 

A one-off screening of Yang Fudong’s epic Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest Parts I-V (2003-2007), will also take place on 14 December (duration is 4 hrs 50 mins, with a 30 min interval). It will be the first time that all five parts of this landmark film are presented end-to-end in a cinema.

The exhibitiion will also feature a major program of film and public events ranging from an expert symposium to family green screen workshops and an augmented reality ‘fingernail bar’, which takes tech and fashion to new realms. It also includes the Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival, which aims to promote Chinese films and boost understanding of Chinese film culture.

To round off the season, ‘China Up Close’ will feature an expansive film and talks program ‘Perspectives on China Now’, screening works by celebrated contemporary Chinese artists and filmmakers. An exciting array of workshops, live events and screenings for youth and families will also be presented.

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