Duration: Sep. 5 - Oct. 5, 2011
Time: 10AM-6PM (Monday closed)
Venue: ShanghART Taopu , 18 Wuwei Rd, Building 8,near Qilianshan Rd.
Artists: Yang ZhenZhong
Yang Zhenzhong's "If you disagree with "Future Festival" please raise your hand – "TOP Events" documentaries series" is a series of documentaries about all the contemporary art activities related to "Future Festival” and "TOP Events” in Shanghai, in 2011. This project was created and displayed, simultaneously and progressively, as part of these art events.
"Future Festival" is an art activity initiated in February 2011 by a group of artists in Shanghai, that will last for one year.
The topic of "Future Festival" was inspired from French poet Mallarmé who said that the role of the artist is to prepare for future projects. This quotation allude to a certain reversion in contemporary art action, suggesting that participating artists turned from the act of criticizing and making experiences to a new attitude of bidding, gathering and mingling.
During this period, discussions between local artists and a philosophy professor (Lu Xinghua), as well as interviews in artists’ studio and exhibitions will be held. This continuous symposium is more than a simple combination between philosophy and art, the organizers insist on the fact that: it is neither a talk, nor an exhibition, neither an art project, nor one of those academic topics we were used to, an inertia processing in an experienced thinking. It responds to art introspection, surprises, conflicts of opinions, differences, and unknown. Everyday becomes a festival. It is actually more a final festival, a kind of decisive conviction.
As a project in parallel with "Future Festival", "TOP Events" showed this conviction, located in a building of The Outstanding Park in Shanghai, a venue for art events. From July to October, "TOP Events” will continuously present three sessions of art and cultural interdisciplinary activities including: art exhibitions, music, theater and dance performances, poetry readings, film screenings and philosophy symposiums, all initiated by artists, architects, poets, musicians, philosophers, etc.
During this year of "Future Festival" and four months of "TOP Events", this documentary will be regularly updated, completed with real-time reports on people and activities coming and going in the building.