You know you’ve arrived when you feel like you’ve reached an abandoned city block. Welcome to lovely Moganshan Lu! Lovely if you like old warehouse backdrops contrasted with a wealth of artistic forms. This is Shanghaiist’s kind of place. Continue onto the path lined with bamboo scaffolding. You’ll see renovations on all sides and wandering French people giving you their back as if they found it first. Find building No. 7 by stumbling around a bit once inside. (We would give directions, but Shanghaiist thinks it is only to your benefit to get lost, so to speak.) Walk up four flights of stairs, then enter BizArt, where you’ll find Biennale! Artist Film and Video, a fantastic screening space for a sizable number of videos and films created by filmmakers from China, Ireland, UK, America, Denmark and Sweden. The curator, Anthony Gross, has staggered the screenings in order to show as many films as possible in two weeks. The second week just began today, but Gross told Shanghaiist he might show more of the first week this week, if that makes any sense. So, don’t be too sad if you missed the first set of screenings. You still have this week to catch them.
And if you miss the screenings in Shanghai, or if you’d like to tell your friends elsewhere in China about it, Biennale! is also traveling to Lijiang, Chongqing and Haikou.
BizArt is a perfect space for this show. And the videos are thought-provoking. A bit hot inside, so take some water. What more does an art film fiend need? Shanghaiist says nothing more, nothing less.
Biennale! at the BizArt, 4F, Bldg. 7, 50 Moganshan Lu, near Aomen Lu (莫干山路50号7栋4楼(近澳门路). Entry: Free. Hours: 11 am-6 pm. Tel: 6277-5358.