18th Annual Edition
November 6-16, 2014 

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NOV 7 - 17

TPW R&D & 

INNIS COLLEGE

COLLECTOR(S)

Video Works by Chinese Artist Zhou Tao, curated by Siya Chen and He Cong | Nov 7 - 17 | Multiple Venues
Courtesy of Vitamin Creative Space, China


EXHIBITION
NOV 8-17 | TPW R&D
Artist: Zhou Tao | CHINA, 2003-2012 | Video Installation and mixed media
Curated by Siya Chen and He Cong
FREE ADMISSION

OPENING RECEPTION
Nov 8 | 5:30–8:00PM | TPW R&D
FREE ADMISSION 

VIDEO INSTALLATION: 1, 2, 3, 4
NOV 7 – 8 | SUNDOWN | INNIS COLLEGE LOBBY
Artist: Zhou Tao | China 2008 | Flatscreen looped video installation with sound
FREE ADMISSION

VIDEO INSTALLATION: THE PRESENCE IS OUR WITNESS - CONVERSATION WITH ZHOU TAO
NOV 9-11 | DAYTIMES | MONARCH FESTIVAL HUB
Video Essay by curators Siya Chen and He Cong | China 2012 | Looped Video Installation, silent
FREE ADMISSION

Four men perched in a tree, starkly illuminated with green fluorescent light and surrounded by darkness. They mimic the calls of animals, clucking, barking, as livestock and fowl, implying (mis)communication in Chicken Speak to Duck, Dog Speak to Pig. Meanwhile strange activities take place among village locals in the South Stone. Fluctuating city sounds from afar provide the soundtrack for two figures acrobatically fishing out vegetables from a stream of still water.

Rolling up the stairs of the Guangdong Museum of Arts, the grim grandeur of Guangzhou’s cityscape takes on a personal scale as a man insists on getting “through” his “Obstacles” against the vast backdrop of vacant public space. The unified sound of “discipline-building” marches of 1,2,3,4 and chants of over one thousand immigrant workers from fifty companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen invokes the adrenaline of collectivity and with it, complex desires.

Highly stylized and masterfully edited, these works by Chinese artist Zhou Tao give fascinating insight into the social and economic dimensions of living in Chinese urban, suburban, and rural atmospheres. Whether somersaulting through cityscapes or imitating farm animals, Zhou works through performance and cinema with a language that embraces open narrative as a metaphorical philosophy for survival in contemporary China.

An alchemist of the ordinary, Zhou’s intuitive and investigative methodology is equal parts serendipitous flair and meticulous planning. Partly “realized” through months of on location researching, collecting and responding to emotional moments, and partly “fictionalized” with rehearsed performance, Zhou treats site and character as bodies capable of both spontaneous and habituated gestures; the camera, the performers, the city and village all become extensions of the artist’s body. Subtly shifting focus on the environment-as-stage to the performers, Zhou uses the physical and sensory language of the body to do the talking.

Collector(s) is Zhou Tao’s first solo exhibition in Canada, showcasing Zhou’s methodology and process, where his full body of video-based work intersects the Reel Asian Film Festival at different angles and culminates at TPW R&D. As an integral part of his practice, Zhou’s drawings, storyboards, writings, and diagrammatic material from his working process will also be presented as parallel dimensions to his video works.

- Siya Chen

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Zhou Tao is an interdisciplinary artist based in Guangzhou, China. Born in 1976 in Changsha, Hunan Province, Zhou graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in 2006 and won the Asian Cultural Council scholarship in 2009. Zhou is currently enrolled in the residency program of Kadist Art Foundation in Paris. He has presented international solo exhibitions at Times Museum, Guangzhou (2012), MIT List Visual Arts Center, San Francisco and Los Angles (2011). His works have been shown in numerous exhibitions, including Beyond the Crisis, the 6th Curitiba Biennale, Brazil (2011), Thirty Years of Chinese Contemporary Art - Moving Image in China (1988-2011), Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2011), BodyTalks in Maastricht, Museum Het Demein, Netherlands (2011), Yes, But--, Location One, New York, NY (2010), Dress Codes, The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, ICP International Center for Photography, NY (2009), The Big World: Recent Art from China, Chicago Cultural Center (2009), Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation, Hong Kong Museum of Art (2009), 7th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai (2008), China Power Station Part III, MUDAM, Luxembourg (2008), Guangzhou Station: Special Exhibition of Contemporary Art of Guangdong (2007), China Power Station Part II, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo (2007), and Archaeology of the Future: The 2nd Triennial of Chinese Art, Nanjing Museum, Nanjing (2005).

VENUES:
Innis College
2 Sussex Ave
416-946-7066


TPW R&D
1256 Dundas St W
Gallery hours: Wed to Sat 12:00-5:00 PM
416-645-1066
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Image Credit: Zhou Tao, still from Collector, 2011-2012. Courtesy of Vitamin Creative Space, China.

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