For a long time, Chinese curator Hou Hanru (who lives in France) has
been concerned with the explosive expansion of today’s megalopolises,
primarily in the Asia-Pacific region. Hence, together with Hans-Ulrich
Obrist, he curated the exhibition "Cities on the Move" (which
started in 1997).
He now once again focuses on this thematic area. Hou Hanru says that the cities
are "zones of urgency ", in the sense that they have "become
a collage of zones created out of urgent demands instead of regular
planning". Artists, intellectuals and other activists, together
with architects and urban planners, attempt to react to this with corresponding
projects and actions. In the process, a new type of art is created which
becomes an essential element in the redefinition of contemporary culture
and ways of life.
Hou Hanru wants Z.O.U. to be understood as a project in which a quick-moving,
interactive trend in experimental art articulates itself. Such art practices,
usually interventionist or performance-based, become real forces of
social transformation and develop alternative strategies of resistance.
A number of participants from Europe and other parts of the world were
invited, in addition to the Asian participants who make up the majority.
This fact should emphasize that the "urgency" is global.
See the text by the curator, and the list of artists including biographical data (press information).
Artists of this exhibition in Universes in Universe:
Wong Hoy Cheong
Interview, living in time, 2001
Interview, 2nd Biennale Johannesburg, 1997
More information by Universes in Universe:
The visual arts of Asia in Universes in Universe.
Asia: Artist's index
The artists from Asia in Universes in Universe.
AWAS! Recent Art from Indonesia
14 artists, tour, Berlin 2001
living in time
29 artists from China, Berlin 2001
Text & Subtext
22 contemporary Asian women artists
Country archives, "Nafas. Art Magazine"