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Visual Arts

The Genius of the Crowd

Mike HJ Chang (Singapore/Taiwan), Chen Wei (China), Ko Sin Tung (Hong Kong), Chulayarnnon Siriphol (Thailand), Yao Jui-Chung (Taiwan)
13 Jan – 17 Mar 2017
Mon – Fri: 11am – 8.30pm
Sat, Sun and Public Holidays:
10am – 8.30pm
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Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

The crowd is a complex and plural entity, swayed by socio-political forces as often as it serves as an agent for social change. Even as groups display discrete allegiances to seemingly abstract principles, these may be expressed in universal and elemental emotions like joy, excitement, fear, or anger. This exhibition features new and recent work by East and Southeast Asian artists that relate to groups and imagined communities during times of social and urban change. Through video, photography and sculptural installations, they explore how different segments of society represent communal and individual identities, how people call for symbolic and political space by staking claims on urban infrastructure, and articulate the ways that the energies and psychology of collective behaviour are expressed.

Mike HJ Chang (b. 1982) makes sculptural installations that engage with scale, space and perception. Chen Wei (b. 1980) is known for his photographs of meticulously composed scenes that blur boundaries between landscapes and dreamscapes. Ko Sin Tung (b. 1987) uses painting, video and photography to examine psychological aspects of urban and domestic environments. Chulayarnnon Siriphol (b. 1986) is an experimental filmmaker who explores politics and society with evocative imagery and dark humour. Yao Jui-Chung (b. 1969) is an artist, curator, critic and educator whose works contexualise the complexities of Taiwan’s political and historical past.

Artist Talk by Chulayarnnon Siriphol (Thailand)
13 Jan 2017, Fri
7.30 – 8:30pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

Artist Talk by Ko Sin Tung (Hong Kong)
13 Jan 2017, Fri
8.30 – 9:30pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

Artist Talk by Mike HJ Chang (Singapore/Taiwan)
25 Feb 2017, Sat
3 – 4pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

Talk on New Media Art by Silke Schmickl
11 Mar 2017, Sat
3 – 4pm
Jendela (Visual Arts Space)

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