It’s a crying shame, but artist/musician/man about town Ben Houge is finally calling it quits with Shanghai, relocating back to the USA for “much of 2011.” To end his residency here with a bang, he’s throwing a music festival/exhibition that begins this weekend in Suzhou. Yeah, Suzhou.
Luckily, Suzhou is actually only a 20-minute train ride away from us these days. The solo exhibit, titled The Point of Departure, will be held at True Color Museum in Suzhou. The museum is located at 219 Tongda Road (near Jiushenggang Road), about 20 minutes by car away from the train. Heck, getting to the Pudong Airport is tougher.
And from what Ben’s proposing, it sounds like it’ll be worth the trip:
An afternoon-long digital music festival will celebrate the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, November 6, from 1pm until 7pm. The lineup includes performances by Hangzhou-based digital artists Yao Dajuin 姚大钧 and Wang Changcun 王长存, as well as Shanghai’s Xu Cheng 徐程 (of Torturing Nurse). Ben’s live performances are known to vary widely in style, and he will celebrate this diversity by performing three different sets of music: an ambient electronic set, a synth-pop set of original songs, and an acoustic set of favorite songs by Jay Chou 周杰伦.
You know how much we love our Jay Chou. Besides that, though, will be art that Ben has been working on for the last six months at True Color. There will be a “new, real-time 15-channel video installation entitled Self-Portrait, Dusk, at the Point of Departure, an ambient work that applies concepts from videogame design and granular synthesis to video, to make a poignant moment last forever.”
Anyhow, here’s the details:
The Point of Departure: Ben Houge Solo Exhibition
November 6-December 5, 2010
True Color Museum 本色美术馆
219 Tongda Rd (at the intersection of Jiushenggang Rd, near Guoxiang)
Wuzhong District, Suzhou, China
苏州市吴中区通达路 219 号本色美术馆（近郭巷）
Ben has said that there may be a bus willing to take fans from Shanghai to Suzhou for the show on Saturday. For more details, check out Ben Houge’s website.
For more on Ben Houge
We interviewed him back in March last year.
He showed us some of his work that was in the censored OV Gallery show Re-visiting History in June.