UCCA Beijing

UCCA “New Sites” Performance Lecture Series
Wang Tuo: Obsession


Language:  Chinese

Following the conclusion of the “New Directions” series, UCCA continues its support for China’s emerging talents through “New Sites,” an ongoing series of performance lectures. The performance lecture, a time-based creative form that fuses theory and improvisation and enlists audience participation, blurs the boundary between creative endeavor and knowledge production. Several artist-researchers will use text, video, sound, lecture, and movement to provide a multi-media performance uniquely adapted to UCCA’s new spaces. Beginning in May 2019, UCCA with collaborate with Wang Tuo, Hu Xiangqian, Pixy Liao, and Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin to present four new performance lectures. The “New Sites” series is curated by Liya Han.

The sequel to his 2018 work, Whirlpool, Wang Tuo’s Obsession is both film installation and theater of cruelty. The artwork originates in a real, unsolved disappearance and explores the aesthetics of architecture, the allure of otaku culture, and the desire and obsession that form the dark underside of the internet era. During this choreographed performance, audience members will be led through a hallucinatory trip through the subconscious, where the fabric of ordinary life has peeled away, and the body is assaulted by a potent blend of music, image and language.


Wang Tuo(Artist)

Wang Tuo(b. Changchun, Jilin Province, lives and works in Beijing) obtained a BS in Biology from Northeast Normal University, an MA in Painting from Tsinghua University, and an MFA in Painting from Boston University, School of Visual Art in 2014. His recent solo exhibitions include “Smoke and Fire” (Present Company, New York, 2019); “Only the Lonely: NadimAbbas & Wang Tuo” (Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, 2018); “Myths We Don't Outgrow” (White Space Beijing, 2017) and “A Little Violence of Organized Forgetting, Taikang Space, Beijing, 2016). His recent group exhibitions include “Psyche and Politics” (Staatlich Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany, 2019); “The Life Apps” (How Art Museum, Shanghai, 2019); “8102—On Reality” (OCAT Shanghai, 2018); “New Metallurgists” (Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2018); “One Northeast” (Zarya Center for Contemporary Art, Vladivostok, Russia, 2018); “Nine” (Queens Museum, New York, 2017); “The Real Thing” (National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, 2015); “Peekskill Project VI” (Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, USA, 2015); and the Tirana International Film Festival (Albanian National Center of Cinematography, 2015). Wang served as the artist-in-residence at Queens Museum from 2015 to 2017. He is the recipient of the 2028 Three Shadows Photography Award.