New Directions

Tao Hui
August 21 – October 19, 2015
Tao Hui
Excessive, 2015 (detail)
HD video (color, sound), glass, projector, silica gel, iron, wood
Duration 19:32 min
Projection screen variable
 
Exhibition view: New Directions, UCCA, Beijing, 2015
 
Photo © UCCA, Beijing
Tao Hui
1 Character & 7 Materials, 2015 (detail)

sound and video installation

 
Exhibition view: New Directions, UCCA, Beijing, 2015
 
Photo © UCCA, Beijing

Through the doorway:

Tao Hui

1 Character & 7 Materials, 2015
sound and video installation

 

Right:

The Acting Tutorial, 2014
Single channel video (color, sound)
Duration: 16:43 min

 

Exhibition view: New Directions, UCCA, Beijing, 2015
 
Photo © UCCA, Beijing
Tao Hui

1 Character & 7 Materials, 2015 (detail)
sound and video installation

 
Exhibition view: New Directions, UCCA, Beijing, 2015
 
Photo © UCCA, Beijing
Tao Hui

Excessive, 2015 (detail)
Single-channel video-installation, transparent glass projector, silica gel, iron, wood
118 x 62,5 x 40 cm

 
Exhibition view: New Directions, UCCA, Beijing, 2015
 
Photo © UCCA, Beijing
Tao Hui
The Acting Tutorial, 2014
Single channel video, color, sound
Duration: 16:43 min
 
 
Exhibition view: New Directions, UCCA, Beijing, 2015
 
Photo © UCCA, Beijing
Left:
Tao Hui
Excessive, 2015
HD video (color, sound), glass, projector, silica gel, iron, wood
118 x 62,5 x 40 cm (table with projection box)
Duration 19:32 min
Projection screen variable
 
Exhibition view: New Directions, UCCA, Beijing, 2015
 
Photo © UCCA, Beijing

New Directions

Tao Hui
UCCA, Beijing
August 21 – October 19, 2015
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Drawing from folklore and films of his childhood, Tao Hui creates immersive video-installations bending boundaries of fiction and reality.

 

From August 2015,the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) present New Directions: Tao Hui, a solo exhibition composed of three works, new and existing, that through narrative structure and performance take viewers on an emotionally charged journey to an otherworldly realm.

 

Filmed in an abandoned building The Acting Tutorial convenes a troupe of amateur actors in the rehearsal of extreme scenarios—a violent break up, a house fire, intense labor pain. Under the teacher’s cool direction, their howls and hysteria are a cathartic exercise reminiscent of the Moreno school of psychotherapy. As the narrative continues, imaginative limits are breached and a brutal reality is exposed as the actors viciously burn a fallen comrade. Here Tao Hui uses a low budget means to achieve the effect, drawing attention to the scene’s artifice.

 

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