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Foreword by Artist
I want to sneak up on more people"
Artist Yingmei Duan represents part of Chinese avant-garde art. She was first known for a work called "To Add One Meter to an Anonymous Mountain", which was the group performance art creation of the 10 artists in Beijing East Village, created in 1995. For more than 20 years, the story of this work and creators has attracted a lot of attention, which was honoured as one of the classics of Chinese contemporary art. This event is so famous that people are often curious about what happened later to the artists involved.
Yingmei, one of the creators of this famed creation, systematically studied the performance art and has been creating ever since.
Returning to Germany in 2000, Yingmei studied at the Braunschweig University of Art, where she got to meet the performance artist Marina Abramovic. Since that time Yingmei has dedicated herself to performance art as her artistic expression. Another teacher who has influenced her a lot was a filmmaker and action artist named Christoph Schlingensief. Yingmei has worked with him and participated in several of his large-scale video performance installations.
Both teachers are very outstanding artists. But for art creators, having a strong teacher often means putting more energy into finding their own way of creation. Because a really good artist must provide creative thinking and perception to the world, and will inevitably weave his own unique artistic language system.
However, it seemed that it was natural to find Yingmei’s own artistic path, which might be related to her unique individual life experience.
The inborn language barrier gave young Yingmei an introverted personality, as well as exceptionally sharp eyes and ears, which also gave her own unique awareness. She enjoyed observing and talking to objects. It was the beginning of the fluttering of her imagination, though it might seem to outsiders as if she were talking to herself.
From the moment when Yves Klein jumped out of the window from the outskirts of Paris in 1960, it took 40 years for Yingmei to learn performance art in 2000. As a young art language form, performance art has accumulated countless creative methods. However, it still has unlimited development possibilities. Even the definition is difficult. What is magical is that this kind of art form that does not limit materials, media, space, and subject matter, which is difficult to be defined, makes Yingmei, who used to have language barriers, enjoying and being proficient in communication more and more, and cooperated with people through communication.
During this process, Yingmei's unique way of “communicating” with the world has become her own artistic “language” approach. This "language" includes "Daily Live Art Performance (DLAP)", "Equal Collaborative Performance (ECP)", "Solo Performance" ， "Performance Installation", "Changing Exhibitions " and " Objects & Video interactive Performance(OVIP)"
They help Yingmei set herself free with imagination wings.
In the 28-year career of the artist, "Equal Collaborative Performance (ECP)" is a very important part of the concept that she made clear when she worked with teacher Christoph Schlingensief. It was in 2005 that Yingmei made clear her view of cooperation was equality. Decided to cooperate with others on the basis of equality and expand cooperation objects, she let people of different ages, genders, nationalities, identities, and occupations participate in the creation. Each participant was an equal creative subject.
So far, she has created nearly a hundred “Equal Collaborative Performance (ECP)” works. Almost since 2006, many of the collaborative works have been completed through Skype and other online social platforms, as most of her collaborative objects came from all over the world. The change of technology has also directly affected the artist's creation. The popularity of online social media has brought her convenience to work in different places. (During her stay in Chongqing, Yingmei has newly touched Douyin and Kuaishou, which are the short video self-media platform in China. Maybe in the future, these will become the medium of her creation.)
Talking about the original intention of Equal Collaborative Performance (ECP), Yingmei said, “I have been to many places, I have met many people, but I have forgotten it slowly, so I want to do some works to know more about them and to remember them." The answer was simple but moving.
As far as I'm concerned, the creative way of the artist is a clever response to the current social scene.
Human beings have been gradually shifting to "the individualized society" in the process of modernization. After the industrial revolution, the people who were originally in the village, city, and the people on the land began to become nothing and became "free laborers". The individualized trend of human beings began to emerge. After the 21st century information technology and artificial intelligence became universal technology, people can now exist in isolation, assembled from an invisible information link into an invisible and efficient cooperation. The rise of the “otaku” culture and the “take-out” industry is the most visible phenomenon of individualization.
“In an individualized society, there is a drastic reduction in real-world contact between people. If necessary, in addition to contact between family members, almost all contacts can be eliminated today, while production and consumption are not affected. The social interaction that we participate in is really rapidly reduced. The more people tend to be alone, the less variety there is in life, and also the memory has no attachment, so the harder it is to be unique. In daily life, it feels like the days haven't changed at all, and personal existence lacks value and meaning, which does not experience its own importance. “(Excerpted from the 9th issue of Nanfengchuang Magazine, 2019)
This is a common occurrence in the world, especially in developed countries and large cities. This is the social sub-health state brought about by modernity. In such a social context, it is particularly important for artist to emphasize the direct dialogue and cooperation between people and to establish close communication and trust, and then awaken people's work methods about the perception of self-existence.
Based on the creative context of “Equal Collaborative Performance (ECP)”, Yingmei and her Chongqing Friends has been generated. During her three-month resident creation, she met many friends, including artists, civil servants, cleaners, college teachers, craftsmen, retired workers, porters in Huangjueping, mentally handicapped people, restaurants etc. And there was even a puppy called Dou Dou. She chatted with them, went out, took part in their life experience, and worked with them to create 35 works of this exhibition.
I interpret this intensive creative process as "one's sociology" of the artist. She used her life experience as a clue and used the relationship with other people as a mirror to collect more than 30 research samples from the city, in the form of images and objects. Through the Objects & Video interactive Performance (OVIP) in this exhibition, Yingmei hopes to establish a three-dimensional Internet relationship between people, which is people and people, people and things, things and things, people and space, space and space, internal and external space.
In addition to these images and objects, in the innermost part of the exhibition, you will see and hear a music album Forty-Eight Years Ago, the Road an Ocean, a total of ten songs inside, which are the works of Yingmei before. Impromptu singing, the use of sound and language, and collaboration with different musicians often appear in her live performance and performance installation. Yingmei has always hoped to combine performance art with a more pure form of singing to attract more audiences. Through this kind of experiment, she has let more and more people understand the art of performance and art is not far from them.
This exhibition is different from traditional exhibitions. The audience can not only watch the works, but also be encouraged to touch, take, and smell the objects in the exhibition hall. Even eat a part of the work. The opening of the exhibition will turn into an immersive performance theater where artist will lead people through the exhibition space to roam the world.
You will see magic, dance and music.
You will meet many different stories.
Welcome into the world until you shed tears or sigh.
Yanzi Hu, May 2019, Huangjueping
前言正文首段灰色字體，來自歌曲《自言自語》作詞：段英梅&韓蕭寒 作曲·編曲·縮混：韓蕭寒 鍵盤：楊帆 伴唱：han 演唱：段英梅
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About the Artist
1969.10.27 Born in Daqing City, Heilongjiang Province, China, freelance artist, living in Braunschweig, Germany and Beijing, China
1993–1998 居住於北京（1993–1995 年 北京東村，1995–1998 年宋莊藝術村）進行自由藝術創作
1998–1999 客座於德國布倫瑞克造型藝術學院，師從Nobert Tadeusz 學習油畫藝術
1999–2000 德國布倫瑞克造型藝術學院，師從Mara Mattuschka 學習行為藝術和電影藝術
2000–2006 德國布倫瑞克造型藝術學院，師從Marina Abramović學習行為藝術，師從Birgit Hein 學習電影藝術，師從Christoph Schlingensief學習劇場、錄影裝置及行動藝術
2006畢業於德國布倫瑞克造型藝術學院，自由藝術專業，大師班；師從Marina Abramović，Birgit Hein，Christoph Schlingensief
1989 Graduated from Northeast Petroleum Institute, majoring in oil engineering
1989–1990 China Daqing Oil Production Plant No. 2, a technician
1991 Follow the teacher of the enlightenment, Mr. Yang Jianhua, to study art
1991–1993 Studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in China, majoring in oil painting and mural painting
1993–1994 Studying at the Central Academy of Arts and Crafts in China, specializing in decoration and decoration
1993–1998 Living in Beijing (1993-1995 Beijing Dongcun, 1995–1998 Songzhuang Art Village) for free art creation
1996–1997 China Central Academy of Arts and Crafts, decorative sculpture professional study
1998–1999 Visited the Braunschweig School of Plastic Arts in Germany, studied oil painting art with Nobert Tadeusz
1999–2000 Braunschweig School of Plastic Arts, Germany, studied Mara Mattuschka to study performance art and film art
2000–2006 Braunschweig School of Plastic Arts, Germany, studied performance art from Marina Abramović, studied film art with Birgit Hein, studied theatre, video installation and action art with Christoph Schlingensief
2005 Graduated from the Braunschweig School of Plastic Arts in Germany with a master's degree in liberal arts.
2006 Graduated from the Braunschweig School of Plastic Arts, Germany, freelance major, master class; studied by Marina Abramović, Birgit Hein, Christoph Schlingensief
2017Thingness，Neuer Kunstverein， 奧地利維也納
2008 Yingmei Duan in Lilith Performance Studio行為藝術工作室，瑞典馬爾默
2007 PERFORMANCE-PAINTING YINGMEI DUAN，Galerie auf Zeit 畫廊，德國布倫瑞克
2005Yingmei Duan – Performance，Galerie auf Zeit 畫廊，德國布倫瑞克
Bedroom 07. 11. 2005 - 02. 08. 2006，Juliusstr. 17，德國布倫瑞克
2003 Yingmei Duan – Performance，OKS 畫廊，德國布倫瑞克
1996 Bilder aus Peking，Galerie am Prater 畫廊，德國柏林
1995 Duan Yingmei – Peking，Kunsthaus Erfurt 藝術中心，德國埃爾福特
2018 music album "Forty-eight years ago the road is the ocean" conference, capsule Shanghai, China
2017Thingness,Neuer Kunstverein, Vienna, Austria
2017 Memory Debris, Capsule Shanghai, Shanghai, China
2008 Yingmei Duan in Lilith Performance Studio Performance Art Studio, Malmo, Sweden
2007 PERFORMANCE-PAINTING YINGMEI DUAN, Galerie auf Zeit Gallery, Braunschweig, Germany
2005Yingmei Duan – Performance, Galerie auf Zeit Gallery, Braunschweig, Germany
Bedroom 07. 11. 2005 - 02. 08. 2006, Juliusstr. 17, Braunschweig, Germany
2003 Yingmei Duan – Performance, OKS Gallery, Braunschweig, Germany
1996 Bilder aus Peking, Galerie am Prater Gallery, Berlin, Germany
1995 Duan Yingmei – Peking, Kunsthaus Erfurt Art Center, Erfurt, Germany
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「Yingmei and her friends in Chongqing」
residency exhibition by artist Yingmei Duan
Openning Time: 2019.5.11（Sat.）19:00
Exhibition Time: 2019.5.11 - 2019.5.19（Fri.-Sun.10:00-18:00）
Venue: Dimensions Art Center(DAC), Huangjueping, Chongqing
Artist: Yingmei Duan (CHN/GER)
Art Director: Tu Zeng
Curator: Yanzi Hu
Executive curator: Maoxi Wang（DAC Emerging Curator Practice Project）
Coordination: Yi Luo
Poster Design: Yuhang Lu
Translation Assistance: Chang Liu,Zihan Zhou,Rongxun Du
Video Clip Assistance: Hua Lu,Zhe Yuan,Chenrong Yue,Xunan Cheng
Exhibition Assistance: Jiamin Ouyang,Yedi Tian,Boling Xiong,Juren Chen
Photo and Video Assistance：Zhengyue Long,Tengjiao He
Sponsored by: Dimensions Art Center (DAC)
Sense health Management Studio
International Art Top Talents Experimental Class
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