Just one week in and 2009 has been largely dull, grey, and wet. Thankfully then, the good people at Split Works have put together a ten day long festival of art and music to warm our cockles – starting today. According to the organisers, Jue Festival is “an excuse to leave your hidey-hole and experience a punk show, an art installation, and everything in between”, which sounds pretty good to us. The festival (which is also taking place in Beijing), will showcase some of Shanghai’s best creative talent and is hosting a diverse set of artists and performers.
Here’s what to look out for:
Chen Hang Feng’s Daily Prosperity @ Art Labor
There’s a whole load of artists who fuse modern and traditional China, but Chen’s work is one of the more interesting takes on the clash of the old and the new. His work appropriates corporate logos to create artworks and patterns in a traditional Chinese mold while for this show he’s promising a chandelier made from rubbish he’s collected around the city.
Liu Jin’s Realistic Odeum @ 140sqm Gallery
Apparently, Liu Jin creates “anti-realistic suppositional environments”. We’re not really sure what that means, but we like his photos of fallen angels wandering through forests or getting into scrapes at factories.
Wang Tingting’s Painted Skin @ FQ Projects
Young artist Wang Tingting’s works give a glimpse in to the world of a born-in-the-’80s girl. This is no sweet Shanghai princess though, Wang’s work features flowers and fairytales, there’s also plenty of “blood and blades”.
The Artist Died Yesterday @ Island6
We know it’s bad luck to talk about death in the run up to Chinese New Year (or at any time really), but the theme seems to be getting some interesting treatments lately. This collaborative exhibition from 26 foreign and Chinese artists even comes with its own obituary.
South Rakkas Crew @ Shelter
Teaming up with the Uprooted Sunshine gang, the dancehall masters blaze a trail to the Shelter to drop their electro-reggae influenced sound. You’ve probably heard their reworking of The Jacksons’ ‘Can You Feel It’ bouncing off the walls of a club before, but if not check it out here.
we are ENFANT TERRIBLE lead a Parisian pop and French electro invasion of LOgO on Friday; Saturday sees local IDM masterclasses from Dead J and Liman down at Shelter; The 5th Wall ensemble stage some marriage counseling in their original piece of theatre from January 16-17; Also on the 16th, outstanding local pop-punkers Pinkberry support Beijing punk act Demerit at The Dream Factory; Pioneering Beijing music label Maybe Mars bring a night of top quality acts to Shanghai with Ourself Beside Me (featuring former Hang on the Box members), Carsick Cars, and Snapline.
Keep an eye on Shanghaiist for more info on all of these events nearer the time.