UCCA Beijing

“Cold Nights” Talk Series Li Ran: “The Voiceover”


Location:  Auditorium
Language:  Chinese Only

In conjunction with the ongoing exhibition “Cold Nights,” UCCA presents a series of artist conversations, inviting related artists, curators, and guests to together foster a novel community that takes literature as its point of departure, with discussion about various social issues and the individual creative process for artists. Each of the four artists participating in the exhibition “played” a character from the text of the original novel, maintaining an open dialogue with each other while also exploring the relationships between the chosen characters. A collective exploration thus emerges within the context of Ba Jin’s novel. The artworks in the exhibition represent not only the artists’ response to the interrelation of the four characters in the novel, but also the artists’ reflections on their own situations in the real world, which altogether opens up a new textual space.

UCCA invites “Cold Nights” participating artist Li Ran to open up a discussion based on his creative process. Li will screen a selection of his video works, and use them to launch into a conversation with writer and art critic Zian Chen. They will also touch upon Li’s long-term engagement with archive.

Ticketing: Free


*Collect your ticket from reception 45 minutes before the event begins;

*Please no late entry;

*Seating is limited, and tickets must be collected individually;

*Please keep mobile devices on silent.

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• Members-only guided tour

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Li Ran (Artist)

Li Ran (b.1986, Hubei) received a BFA from the Oil Painting Department of Sichuan Fine Arts Institute and currently lives and works in Beijing. Li’s recent solo exhibitions include “Same Old Crowd” (Aike Dellarco, Shanghai, 2016), “Re-projecting – One or Many Roles” (OCAT Xi’an, Xi’an, 2015), and “One Man One Night” (Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, 2014), among others. Major group exhibitions include “Soil and Stones, Souls and Songs” (Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok; Para Site, Hong Kong; Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev; 2017), and “The Making of an Institution” (NYU Center for Contemporary Art Singapore, Singapore, 2017), among others. Li Ran was nominated for the Future Generation Art Prize in 2017, and awarded Best Artist at the Moscow International Biennale For Young Art in 2014.

Zian Chen (Writer, Art Critic)

Zian Chen has been writing short exhibition-novels since 2012. In them, he introduces the subjective position of fan fiction to explore these expanded forms of review writing. In principle, fan fiction reflects the contemporary condition of mass self-education, which he thinks is spawned by the economy of relentless fandom and over-identification. He received the Contemporary Art Writing and Critical Thinking Award from the Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco in 2015. Chen currently serves as a researcher for the Long March Project.


13:00-13:20 Ticket pick-up at the reception desk (for UCCA members who RSVPed)

13:20-13:50 Exclusive UCCA members-only guided tour

13:30-14:00 Ticket distribution at the reception desk (for UCCA members who didn’t RSVP and non-members)

14:00-16:00 Conversation

*Please arrive promptly.