TCG Nordica http://en.tcgnordica.com Stimulating reflection on human worth as expressed in various Art Forms. Mon, 17 Sep 2018 13:07:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Artist Talk: International Residency as an Encounter State http://en.tcgnordica.com/2018/artist-talk-international-residency-as-an-encountering-state/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 11:34:33 +0000 http://en.tcgnordica.com/?p=8011

International Residency as an Encounter State
– Luo Fei’s encountering with and observations in the Zurich Residency Project

From May to August 2018, Kunming curator and artist Luo Fei, also the director of TCG Nordica gallery was invited to participate in the Kunming-Zurich Friendship City Exchange Residency Project. This was also the first time that Luo Fei visited Switzerland. During his stay in Zurich, Luo Fei visited local art museums and galleries. Furthermore, he visited off-spaces, curators, artists, and deepened the local rich artistic ecology. Luo Fei noted that the structuralist traditions in Swiss contemporary art are ubiquitous in today’s phantom, noting the tradition of oral performances among Swiss performance artists, and the artists’ embrace and re-engineering of entertainment culture.

During nearly three months of observation and communication, Luo Fei experienced the charming city of Zurich – an ordinary, affluent, stable, and high standard of daily life. It is such daily life that shapes the “formal correctness” and “media bombing” of contemporary art today globally. It is also in such a society where everything is guaranteed, that people still express their dissatisfaction with reality. Where is the criticality of art? Political art? There, everyday life, like contemporary art, is more textual and theoretical, and any kind of “barbarous”, “self-deprecating”, “boring” or “scientific” art has become part of the vain and elegant life. It provides protection against pleasure and nothingness, and provides protection from ethical evaluation. So, what is the goal of life? What is the appeal of art?

During his stay in Zurich, in addition to visiting Italy, Norway, Sweden and other places, Luo Fei purposefully visited the Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp in Krakow, Poland. With the confusion of “no poetry after Auschwitz”, Luo Fei walked in the “rural hell” that looked beautiful and rational. There, everything is beyond the imagination of man. Where has “humanity” been hidden or enlarged since the Enlightenment? What is the value of Hannah Arendt’s reflection on “the banality of evil”?

To Luo Fei, the artist resides in the project as a temporary life that constantly meets people and returns to himself. In a strange way, he does not set an expected goal. He just keeps accumulating and adjusting himself. Keep open, keep communicating, keep thinking, and keep sharing.

The talk will be on Sep 14th, 7pm at TCG Nordica.
It will be in Chinese.
Sign up for free by sending “lecture914 + number of participator” to gallery@tcgnordica.com
Welcome!

Speaker: Luo Fei

Special Guests: Li Ji, He Libin, Xue Tao

Zurich city

Luo Fei and Daniel Morgenthaler, talk "Art From Zurich Makes Me Want To Sleep" at Helmhaus Zurich

Luo Fei and Daniel Morgenthaler, talk “Art From Zurich Makes Me Want To Sleep” at Helmhaus Zurich (photo by Tanja Kalt)

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Invisible Planet – An Art Exhibition on Environment Issues http://en.tcgnordica.com/2018/invisible-planet-project/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:26:46 +0000 http://en.tcgnordica.com/?p=7862

Invisible Planet – An Art Exhibition on Environment Issues

From thematic concerns, cultural metaphors, to poetic expressions, lifestyles and other aspects, artists living in Yunnan are calling people to respond to, think and concern themselves about the increasingly serious environmental problems. Because behind our ways of production and living, that we are so accustomed to, we are modelling the unique Planet we all share together.

Curators: Luo Fei, Wang Bei
Artists: Alfred Vaagsvold(Norway), He Libin, Jia Yi, Li Ji, Lei Yan. Liu Yifan, Martin Haarr(Norway) Su Jiashou,Vera Regina van de Nieuwenhof(Netherland), Paper, Xue Tao, Xiang Weixin, Xiong Wangxing, Ying Borui, Yan Wan, Zi Bai, Zhu Lanjing, Zhang Jingxi, Zhang Hua

Opening: 2017-11-4, 20:00
Duration: 2017-11-4——2017-11-26,11:00-21:00, Sundays off
Opening performances by He Libin and the Paper Group
Host: TCG Nordica
Address: ChuangKu Loft, Xi Ba Road 101#, Kunming
Tel: 0871-64114691
www.tcgnordic.com

//Lectures//

Lecture I: Art Expression and Ecological Ethics
Guests: Li Ji, Xue Tao, Luo Fei
Language: Chinese
19:30–21:00, Nov 8th, 2017

Li Ji’s painting: The Last Nature

Lecture II: Crossing borders, traversing cultures
Speaker: Vera Regina van de Nieuwenhof (Netherland)
Language: English and Chinese
19:30–21:00, Nov 14th, 2017

Vera Regina van de Nieuwenhof on her bike trip

//English Corners//
2017-11-1, 19:30-20:30
Topic: Pollution
Pollution is an increasing problem in our world. How can we solve it? What is our responsibility as a group and as individuals?

2017-11-15, 19:30-20:30
Topic: Meat Production and Consumption
In today’s society we eat more and more meat. This can be bad both for our health and for the planet. Should we change our eating habits?

2017-11-22, 19:30-20:30
Topic: Economical Growth vs the Planet
As the world becomes richer, the planet becomes sicker. How can we continue to grow economicaly and at the same time take care of our planet?

Zhang Hua, “Reconstruction”

Invisible Planet

By Luo Fei

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According to encyclopedic dictionary, the term “the environment” consists not only of such substantial factors as air, water, soil, plants, animals and micro-organisms but also concepts, systems, codes of conduct and other nonquantifiable elements. There are both natural and social components to it, including abstract concepts as well as living life forms. Strictly speaking, it often refers to the sum of all environmental elements relative to mankind as the subject.

The environment which human beings depend on to live, especially in terms of natural ecology, has undergone unprecedented changes since the Industrial Revolution two hundred years ago. The globalization that started in the eighties of last century has made the Earth a community of people closely connected – a global village. While humans enjoy the fruits of industrial civilization and globalization, together with other living bodies on this planet they are also suffering from environmental pressure and threats due to the exponential growth in population and consumption, such as global warming, a sharp drop of biodiversity, nuclear pollution, and land desertification and so on. In 2002, Paul Crutzen, a Dutch Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist, presented the concept of “Anthropocene”, a new geologic time scale characterized by the drastic effect of human activities on the Earth, mostly the carbon dioxide emissions which have surpassed any other generation. This means that geologists thousands of years in the future will be able to draw a clear line of human activity according to the traces of rocks and sediments. Just like people nowadays can determine the touches of the Jurassic dinosaurs and the Cambrian explosion. Edward O. Wilson, a leading biologist at Harvard University, says: “we (human beings) are the first species to become a geophysical force (in the history of life on Earth).” As contributors to the Earth ecosystem, humans are being transformed while they are giving the planet a make-over.

In this context, since the 1970s, eco-environmental issues have begun to attract attention and discussion in Western arts and cultural studies. People have realized that there is a need for ecological criticism and that art can’t be appreciated as it should be when bypassing the fields people live in and their cultural connotation. Through ecological and ethical criticisms artists, curators, and critics are reexamining ever increasing desertification, and reviewing the contradiction among natural deterioration, the sharp decrease of animals, and human invasions. As a result, a series of important exhibitions and works that lead avant-garde art movements were born, such as Arte Povera, Earth-Art, and Ecological Art. The visual narratives and reflections on the environment by the artists have become something we simply cannot ignore today. It has also become another ethical perspective for us to interpret in the arts today.

Alfred Vaagsvold, Tsunami project, Sweden 2008

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At its fundamental level, artists’ concern for environmental issues, as subject-oriented judgement, is to use artistic media to arouse people’s attention on the sensory and cognitive levels to present environmental issues. Examples are wildlife themed photographs by Liu Yifan, Xiong Wangxing and others that present the alienation and injury that human action afflicts on animals. Xiang Weixing, by digital post-processing, put wild animals into the living environment of cities, presenting a sense of expectation as well as absurdity. Lei Yan made birds out of paper to reflect the end of the animals when they hit a glass wall in the cement jungle. Su Jiashou‘s oil paintings showcase the tension of flying birds in the air and plastic waste on the ground. Yan Wan’s paintings are about the potential impact of industrial pollution on people’s mental state.

At a cultural level, the environmental problems are treated, like diseases, as metaphors by artists to develop their deeper critique for reality. In this regard, chemical suits were used by Yin Borui to highlight the sense of isolation. Jia Yi‘s paintings show the isolation of people who wrap themselves like trees. Zi Bai’s pictures show mountains of human waste reminiscent of the “Junk Republic” on the Pacific Ocean. Not only is it threatening the aquatic organisms, but through the food chain, it will come back to human beings. As a symbolic image, this work also points to the inner hunger of men, universal and ever unsatisfied. The “Tsunami” project by Norwegian artist Alfred Vaagsvold was an earth art program which lasted for multiple years. It was implemented in different locations throughout Norway, both in churches, villages, cities and on coasts. Thousands of pieces of used clothing formed dramatic scenes one after another. Like sites of invasion and conquerings by “others” (humans or aliens). Or it can likewise be seen as the threat of excessive consumption and overproduction.

Excessive production and consumption have inspired artists to reuse discarded daily items and develop a powerful voice of materials. The installation “Shake”, by Xue Tao, was made of waste newspapers to present a collapsing yet stable form. This work has a lot to do with the inner shock of the artist from the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. The opposite of poverty and roughness is the standardized luxury. In this consumer era, people embrace glistening, eye-catching and streamlined things. In the paintings by Zhang Jinxi, human beings themselves become the polished glass products, delicate and fragile. The pictures appear to be nostalgic, while the nothingness that characterized the spirit of the consumption era could not be more obvious. Through his lens, Norwegian artist Martin Haarr recorded the odd calm left by human activities in nature. The animals’ feeding bags piled up in the fields are like a giant insect. The waste of human life stuck in the rock crevices are very much like scattered human organs.

photo by Martin Haarr

As a strategy of postmodern art, artists employ the images from established art history to describe current issues. “The Last Nature” Series I and II by Li Ji are parodies of Goya’s “The Third of May 1808” and Jean-François Millet’s “The Angelus” respectively. They are to show how humans at the top of the food chain domesticate and slaughters animals on a massive scale. Zhu Lanjing put “A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains”, a classic painting by Wang Ximeng of China’s Northern Song Dynasty, in the context of cities, making the quiet and ethereal painting into one of hustle and bustle.

Artists also express their innermost expectation by creating ideal environments. In his performance art “Nest”, He Libin built up a huge birds nest with withered branches and stayed in there. It is just like Friedrich Hölderlin famously put it: “Poetically Man Dwells”. Zhang Hua used the architectural waste like stones and steel bars to “reconstruct” landscape and courtyard-like paintings, to offset the wretchedness of reality with fragmented poems.

As a conceptual form, environmental protection encourages people to change their lifestyles, to pay attention to the sustainable management and development of resources on Earth. Recently, the Dutch artist Vera Regina van de Nieuwenhof spent a year and a half riding from Amsterdam to Tokyo. She passed by Kunming, then later returned and settled here. She made a cyclist installation with the inner tubes of bicycles to appeal to people to travel green and to rediscover their inner power.

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From thematic concerns, cultural metaphors, to poetic expressions, lifestyles and other aspects, artists living in Yunnan are calling people to respond to, think and concern themselves about the increasingly serious environmental problems. Because behind our ways of production and living, that we are so accustomed to, we are modelling the unique Planet we all share together.

October 2017

Translated by Xiao Diming
Proofread by Liya Norling Åslund

Painting by Ying Borui

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Northern Lights | Artists in Residence at TCG Nordica http://en.tcgnordica.com/2018/northern-lights/ Wed, 30 May 2018 09:09:45 +0000 http://en.tcgnordica.com/?p=7993

May first, Kunming Airport. The morning mist and clouds being smeared out by the sunlight can be seen through the airplane window as Annika Bergmark, Annasara Yderstedt and Jonatan Lundin once again touch ground on the landing strip, eleven years after their last visit to Kunming. The streets and alleys of Kunming, the pu’er tea drunk in the homes of their friends, the lights on Nordicas stage and the blossom smell that filled the air eleven years ago have all turned into cherished memories. The artists now return to source of these memories, this time as Nordicas artists in residence.

The three Swedish artists and local artists from Kunming were already familiar with and each other through their music and dance. When once again standing together at Nordicas stage their warmth and emotion towards each other shone through. Ten dancers and musicians from Scandinavia and China alike used their bodies to express their feelings and and thoughts from the last ten years. Through these emotions they write new stories and bring about new art expressed through their music and dance performance ”Northern Lights”.

As part of the residence program musician Jonatan Lundin, and dancers Annika Bergmark and Annasara Yderstedt were invited to the Yunnan Arts University. There they held a workshop for students and teachers from the departments of music and dance, giving them a taste of the essence and characteristics of Swedish modern dance and music. The focus of this exchange was the interaction between music and dance. The three young artists teared down the walls between the faculties, finding possibilities for dance within the rhythm of music, and finding inspiration for music within the movements of dance. The music and dance erased the differences between the different cultural fields, allowing artists from different backgrounds and disciplines to form new bonds in an open, respecting and relaxed atmosphere.

Culture exchange between China and western countries has always been a central part of TCG Nordicas work. Nordica has established a cultural bridge between China and the nordic countries. Over the last 20 years the cultural exchanges have resulted in many beautiful stories. As a platform for cultural meetings between east and west Nordica will continue to work for and promote cross-cultural understanding, trust and interflow as well as the development of local artists while stimulating reflection on human worth as expressed through various art forms.

About Artists

Annika Bergmark

Annika is a dancer, musician, performer, physiotherapist and teacher based in

Stockholm. She has studied dance at Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School, The Ballet Academy in Stockholm and has bachelor degree in physiotherapy from Karolinska Institute i Stockholm. Annika has worked with dance companies such as Avensis and The Expert Dance Company touring around Sweden. Annika har also choreographed the dance theatre show ”Dear body” which pays attention to opinions about the body and how we feel about it, which is still touring in Sweden.

Annika has been singing with several music artists as Arash, Timbuktu, Carola, Cosima, IIDA and also created music videos and stage performances.

11 years ago she came to Kunming for the first time. After that she studied music, dance and physiotherapy.

Annika is fascinated by the human body; how it works, how it moves and how it relates to others. When present in the body while moving to the music – she experiences freedom. 

Lars Jonatan Lundin

Jonatan started playing music at the age of ten and has done so ever since. After high school he studied at the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm, graduating in 2014. Since then he has been a freelancing musician and producer, touring and recording with several artists and shows all over Sweden.

This is Jonatan. Six years ago he lived for a year in Kunming, and now he is very happy to be back.

Here he can pursue his two biggest interests: music and language. He think the two are very similar. He would even say that music is a language – a universal language. 

Annasara Yderstedt

Annasara is a choreographer, dancer, and teacher based in Stockholm, originally from Malmö, Sweden. She finished her bachelor’s degree in dance and pedagogy at the University of Stavanger, Norway in 2014, where she also studied one semester abroad at SUNY Brockport, USA. Since graduating she has worked freelance for several projects around the world including in USA, Germany and Namibia. Annasara has danced with Avensis, KidZ Dance Crew, OYO Dance Troupe, Mariah Maloney and Flexer & Sandiland. Her choreographies have been showcased at Moderna Dansteatern, Dansehallerne, Dalsnuten, Kulturhuset in Oslo, Starke Stükke Festival, Festival Franje and Stockholm Fringe Festival. Currently, Annasara studies project management at the University of Stockholm and works as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer.

This is Annasara from Sweden. She is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Last time she danced at TCG Nordica she was 17 years old. Today she is 28.

Her passion is to explore dance as a tool to bring people together across cultures, differences and preferences. 

12 years ago, these three dancers Annasara, Annika and Chen Jia met for the first time here at Nordica. In 2017, they met again, in Sweden. The first question Chen Jia asked was “When are you coming back to China?”.

So here they are, one year later, dancing together again. Friendship is a powerful thing – they feel like they’ve never been apart.

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“Another Dimension”|Group Exhibition http://en.tcgnordica.com/2018/another-dimension%ef%bd%9cgroup-exhibition/ Tue, 01 May 2018 04:49:54 +0000 http://en.tcgnordica.com/?p=7979

Information

Title: Another Dimension
Artists: Bin Yi, Huang Junhong, Zou Jibiao, Lu Dongjie, Sun Hui, Zhu Wenlan
Organizer: Sun Hui
Gallery Director: Luo Fei
Essay: Xue Tao
Graphic Design: Duan Yunhao
Opening: 2018-5-5  19:30
Duration: 2018-5-5~2018-6-9
Add: TCG Nordica Culture Center, 101# Xiba Road, Xishan District, Kunming
Tel: 0871-64114691

 

About “Another Dimension”

After so many years of painting, I realize that the era of painting has gone!
The art training industry nowadays is increasing in quality and structure. Nevertheless, the number of painters are decreasing. It seems art is marginalized. However, when I step into an art museum such as Louvre and Metropolitan Museum of Art or just sit silently on the bench in a library, art becomes an intimate friend accompany with me. The magic power of art is like air all around. It is imperceptible but does exist. There will always be someone getting together and talking about painting or sculpture at night, regardless of the earth rotating indifferently from day to day. Crowd comes and goes in museums in Shanghai and Beijing, and Works have been opened to the public and market for a long time, but the creation process of works is private. Painters always have their own view to the world and their modes of observation and thinking processes are different with others. It is just like the strings in canvas. Sometimes they interweave with each other occasionally and sometimes separate, which reflects the unification of difference and harmony.
The essay is written for the group exhibition on 5th May.

Sun Hui

 

The greatest achievement of the contemporary art practice in China over the past thirty years must be the expression of the essential power from artists. The essential power stems from exhibitions and activities which are organized spontaneously. That means artists’ self-organization is much more significant and contributory than their art creations. It is understandable because there is few world-class masters in the area of contemporary art of China during last thirty years, but the energy of Chinese artists’ self-organization since 85 culture movement must be an indispensable part of the world’s contemporary art practice. In a sense, self-organization is the beginning of Chinese artists’ independent thinking and action.
Artists’ self-organization has a history of more than thirty years in Yunnan. Mao Xuhui, Zhang Xiaogang and other artists initiated and implemented an exhibition tour which called “New Figuration” in 1985 and 1986 and founded “Art Research Group of Southwest China”. During 1994 to 2010, the “Hong Xin Club”, organized by Xue Tao, He Libin, and other artists, had been holding national exhibition activities for 16 years. Ye Yongqing established “Shang He Hall” in Kunming in 1999, and he also established “Chuang Ku” in Kunming with Tang Zhigang and other artists in 2001. In 2005 and 2006, Xiang Weixing, Luo Fei and other artists initiated a project called “Jiang Hu”. In 2006, Lan Qingxing, Tao Jin, Xue Tao and other artists initiated “One-Volume Edition Artist Book Project”, which last until now. In 2009, He Libin and other artists initiated a live art festival called “Obove the Clouds”, which also last until now. From 2009 to 2011, Sun Guojuan, Lei Yan and other artists initiated a female art exhibition called “The Four Seasons”. And in 2014, Zhao Leiming, Xue Tao, Luo Fei and other artists initiated “Art Cycling”. These events are all initiated and implemented by local artists in Yunnan and completely come out of the original motivation for survival and passion for art. Although some activities seem a little bit rough, but it is rough that enriches the imagination of artists in Yunnan, props up their eternal vitality and proves the independent thinking of Yunnan contemporary art.
Sun Hui, an artist who was born in 1985, comes from Datong, Shanxi. He has studied and lived in Kunming for years, which makes him to be one of the artists in Yunnan art environment. Although he has studied and worked in Kunming for nine years, but as an artist born in 80s. he spends most of his time creating in a relatively closed studio and has a few connections with the outside world. In the beginning of this year, he came up with a strange idea. He planned to hold a group exhibition of the generation born in 80s and 90s. It is an exhibition without any sponsor or commercial support, but completely a self-fundraising and self-organized one, which totally belongs to themselves. In this fully commercialized era, it is silly to hold an art activity only in an instinctive urge and without any sponsor or commercial support. However, what makes art valuable is abandoning the value and judgement of successful and vulgar sociology, and instead practicing the inherent original impulse, doing things that is insignificance in others’ eyes. Although this kind of impulse has no practical significance, but it is only this impulse that can escape from the exquisite egoism and can really feel the texture of life.
In this group exhibition organized by Sun Hui, there are six artists, including Bin Yi, Huang Junhong, Zou Jibiao, Lu Dongjie, Sunhui and Zhu Wenlan. Although their works are quite different from contemporary art since they still try hard to complete a masterpiece, but the meaning of their self-organization is much more important than their works. It conveys the native spirit of Yunnan contemporary art. All through the ages, the Yunnan contemporary art has been staying far away from the system and commerce to survive. If the contemporary art must rely on a system to survive, it will be very fragile, and its independent spirit will be questioned. Such indomitable vitality of Yunnan contemporary art is absolutely due to its staying far away those systems and displaying a spiritual value of independence and freedom by pure art pulse.
It is prone to let the chance slip. In any era, each group of artists has their own mission to accomplish. Once miss, the chance will disappear forever. Most of the time, struggle leads to failure, but the much more horrible thing than failure is wasting life. Worshiping to and then gaining grace from “correctness” will not nourish art. On the contrary, it probably be a dose of violent poison. If the artists who were born in 80s and 90s dare not to face failure, their works will have no difference from cheap but exquisite take-out. Sun Hui and other five artists’ exhibition is absolutely a failure, but they are fortunate because they will grow in failure rather than die in success as many artists do.

Xue Tao
April 24th, 2018

 

Artists

Bin Yi

He was born in 1987 in Yulin, Guangxi, and graduated from  Guangxi Arts Institute with the major of oil painting. He is self-employed now.
“For me, art is freedom and all the painting come out of interest. It quite likes an interesting game and I play it with the way I want. I love the images in my memory. My visual dimension is to translate the memory into visible art on canvas. ”

 

 

Huang Junhong

He was born in 1994 in Jieyang, Guangdong and has been studied in Yunnan Arts Institute with the major of oil painting since 2014.
In his works, the objects are simple symbolic things. The process of painting is not only painting itself, but also is a performance — a process of description.

 

 

Lu Dongjie

He was born in 1987 in Xinjiang, Shanxi and  graduated from Yunnan University in 2015 with a master’s degree.
He pursues  the expression of colour relations and explores the beauty in structure of objects through painting.

 

 

Sun Hui

He was born in Datong, Shanxi in 1985 and graduated from Yunnan University with a master’s degree of oil painting. He studied in Australia in 2015.
He shows his feeling in his works as well as explore the beauty of art langurage.

 

 

Zhu Wenlan

She was born in Putian, Fujian in 1995. She studied oil painting in Yunnan Arts Institute during 2013 to 2016 and then studied in Yunnan University.
Her works mostly express the emotional relations between materials and images. No matter what mateirals she used, painting leads the language in combination of  feelings.

 

 

Zou Jibiao

He was born in Shangrao Jiangxi in 1984 and graduated from Yunnan Arts Institute with a master’s degreee of oil painting.

He is finding a kind of freedom of painting by exploring and enriching painting language in his creation.

 

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[AiR]Mirjam Raen Thomassen http://en.tcgnordica.com/2018/air-mirjam-raen-thomassen/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 08:47:51 +0000 http://en.tcgnordica.com/?p=7936

Mirjam Raen Thomassen

Mirjam Raen Thomassen (born 1982) is a visual artist based in Arendal, Norway. She is a Master of Fine Art graduated from the Academy of Art at the University in Bergen (2013). She has exhibited at venues such as Sørlandets Art Museum, Artendal/Bomuldsfabriken, Kunstgarasjen and Arteriet (NO), and further on in England, Scotland, Lithuania, Thailand and Slovakia.

(Mirjam’s work)

Light is the main core of her practice, using installation, painting, photography, object and site specific works. Through a combination of strategies, both formal aesthetics and interventions in urban spaces and nature, she is investigating the transitions between the visible and invisible, between place and no-place. Her artistry has a genuine aspiration towards the poetic, emphasizing a subtle and often monotonous expression. Dwelling in the sensual aspects of tangible and intangible phenomenons, her aim is to encounter the viewers perception.

(Musician Han Ying is Playing the Cello on the Opening)

(The Opening Scene)

During 4th -24th April, 2018 Mirjam will work in TCG Nordica. She will communicate with local artists, create new works and have an exhibition here. Special thanks to the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing.

(Artists Talk on Opening, Gallery Director Luo Fei, Artist Mirjam Raen Thomassen, and the Head of Culture and Communication Lise Tønnesland Børresen)

The title of exhibition is “Moving Light” and it will open at 19:30 on 13th  April. After the opening, there will be an artists talk. The duration will be 13th -22th April, 2018.

In the exhibition «Moving Light» Mirjam Raen Thomassen is using light as a main core. With photography as medium/tool, different areas of light are manifested, turning the intangible to somewhat constant. Based on the photographies, a series of work have been produced in Norway, consequently made with the local light. These works can be seen as fragments of certain places and moments. The transfusion of light from one place to another, from Bergen and Kristiansand to Kunming, prompts a shift. Located between north latitude 25°02’20” and 102°43’6″E, Kunming receives an annual average sunshine of more than 2,400 hours, which are giving a completely other light then in Bergen and Kristiansand with its latitude between north 60°23′ 33″ and 005°19′ 24″E /  north 58°08′ 27″ and 008°00′ 000″E.

The works are a series of paintings, made by the photographies together with glue and reflexive glass beads on canvas. The canvas is of thin and translucent quality and can be adapted from both sides. The ink from the photographic print reacts with the glue and is being absorbed into the canvas, making new expressions and colour play. The reflexive glass beads are amplifying the conceptual content, due to its quality of trowing the light back to the exact same direction from where it comes from.

Alongside the works made in Norway, the exhibition will contain interventions in the gallery space composed by the light of the sun in Kunming, so that the different light are set in conversation.

The aim is to question the constant and intangible aspects in a poetic and existential perspective.

The sun is a constant for our existence, its sunbeams are intangible. Areas of light becomes visible, are in constant movement, and again disappears. These areas of light can be read as transient places – intangible and sensual.

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

2010 – 2013  Academy of Art at the University in Bergen, MA Fine art, Norway

2007 – 2010  Academy of Art at the University in Bergen,  BA Applied art, Norway

2009               Glasgow School of Art, exchange studies dep. Sculpture and Environmental Art, Scotland

2005 – 2007  Einar Granum School of Art, Oslo, Norway

SOLO/DUO EXHIBITIONS

2018  Moving Light. TCG Nordica, Kunming, China

2018  Lyskomposisjoner 58°7’22.1″N 7°58’13.2″E +X. Arteriet, Kristiansand, Norway

2017  Lyskomposisjoner, Kunstgarasjen, Bergen, Norway

2016  Konstruksjoner, duo exh. with Martin Woll Godal. Visningsrommet USF, Bergen, Norway

2011  Tøys. Galleri Fisk, Bergen, Norway

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected)

2017  Hatch 10 years. X-huset, Kristiansand, Norway

2016  Alone. Touring exhibition, Galleri Lista Fyr, Sør-Troms Museum/Norway, Bratislava/Slovakia

2015  Anniversary Exhibition 2015 – SKMU 20 years. Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway

2014  art:language:location, in collaboration with Marit T. Dyre. Cambridge, England

2014  Sparebanken Sør Artist Prize 2014. SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway

2014  Kunstvisitten. Touring exhibition, Akershus Kunstsenter, several health/welfare institutions, Norway

2013  art:language:location. Cambridge, England

2013  Pop Up exhibition, Odds. Frantz:Navle, Bergen, Norway

2013  Hatch 2013. ARTendal, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal, Norway

2013  Knock Knock 2013. The Association of Norwegian Sculptors, Oslo, Norway

2013  Stipendutstillingen 2013, Agder Centre of Arts, Kristiansand, Norway

2013  Masterutstillingen 2013. Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway

2013  Wireless. Touring exhibition, The Norwegian Association for Arts and Crafts, Norway

2012  Odds. Norwegian Museum Of Hydro Power and Industry, Odda, Norway

2012  Between the Four. F – Block Gallery, UWE, Bristol, England

2011  17 m.o.h. Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen, Norway

2010  Hatch. Agder Centre of Art, Kristiansand, Norway

2010  Spes. Bachelor-exhibition at Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway

2009  Raw Meat – Cut The Chiffon. GCF Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

2009  Velkomen til heimen vår. Østre Skotredet 8, Bergen, Norway

2009  In the Making. Gallery of Art and Design, Silpakorn, Thailand

2007  Young Examination. Kaunas Art Biennial, Lithuania

PROJECTS | PERFORMANCE

2016  Fysiske spor, in collaboration with Marit T. Dyre. Landås bibliotek, Bergen, Norway

2016  Hardbakka Ruins Project: Memento Mori. Bergen, Norway

2013  Wind Ensemble, performance group. Prøverommet, Landmark, Bergen, Norway

2011  Tøys. PrøveRommet, Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway

2009 – 2011  Pusterom, group collaboration. Nordnesparken/Bergen, Lakseneset/Askøy, Norway

2008  Beats, collaboration group. Light camp, Frederikshavn, Denmark

2007  The Machine Is Truly Silent, performance group. BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen, Norway

CATALOGUE | REVIEWS | PUBLICATIONS (selected)

2015  Anniversary Exhibition 2015, ISBN: 978-82-994332-9-7, s. 66-67, 109

2014  Nominert til Sparebanken Sør Kunstnerpris, Billedkunst no. 2, s. 5

2013  Odds – the text compilation, ISBN: 978-82-303-2402-8, s. 21, 154-155

2013  Ta en tråd og la den vandre, Tønsbergs Blad April 19th

2013  Tekstil blomstring, Tønsbergs Blad, s. 5, April 23rd

2013  Vil at du skal stoppe opp, Agderposten, s. 50-51, September 6th

2013  Fra polygonporselen til arvesølv, Fædrelandsvennen, s. 12, September 9th

2011  Som liljene på marken – om å leve enklere, Barbro Raen Thomassen, ISBN: 978-82-494-0095-9, s.          205, 208 – 209

2009  Kunst med tyngde, Studvest, August 19th

2008  Nordlys til Frederikshavn, Nordjyske avis, October 15th

2007  Tekstilinis pareiskimas, Literetura ir menas, December 4th

FUNDING | STIPEND

2018  Kristiansand Municipality | project funding

2017  Areopagos | travel funding

2017  Bergen Municipality | project funding

2016  Arts Council Norway | project funding

2014  Bergen Municipality, international support | project funding

2010  Bergen National Academy of the Arts | project funding

2007  Bergen National Academy of the Arts | travel funding

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The Golden Trio http://en.tcgnordica.com/2018/the-golden-trio/ Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:04:52 +0000 http://en.tcgnordica.com/?p=7926

THE GOLDEN TRIO

“Nordic” means the countries in Northern Europe. In the early spring when Kunming warms up.The three energetic Scandinavian students will brings traditional folk music from Denmark and Norway to Kunming’s audience at 8pm on March 24th in TCG Nordica Cultural Center. The classic tracks will be mixed with modern rhythms. In their music interpretations, we can see their passion for the misic, You will feel their energy and personalities during the concert.

The concert will bring you 60 minutes of music experience, including 13 various expressions of different style music songs. The three students who is from Sweden, Denmark and Norway will endeavor to interpret through their sincere and enthusiastic personalities. And bring you different audiovisual experiences.

BIOGRAPHIES

 

Emma Nikoline:I have been singing since I was five. I have always loved music but I have never had the patience to learn an instrument. Therefore you will only hear my voice.

 

Eilev Stoveland Dekko:I’m Eilev Stoveland Dekko from Norway. I’m a student at the culture track here at TCG. My intruments are guitar and drums. I’ve always been interested in music and I look forward to share my musical traditions with you!

 

Wilma Hening:My name is Wilma and I am 19 years old from Sweden. Right now I live in kunming to learn more about Chinese culture and Chinese music. I am very interested in music and I have played guitar for some years now. I have always been surrounded by music in my family and I think that is how my interest started.  Right now I’m trying to learn how to play the pipa.

SHOW DETAILS

PERFORMER: 

Emma Nikoline(MDK)

Eilev Stoveland Dekko (NOR)

Wilma Hening  (SWE)

DATE:  2018/3/24  20:00

TEL:0871 64114691

BUS:62、95、120、A1

STATION: Yong le Lu Kou

TICKET:30 CYN

NOTES:Click “HERE” to buy tickets online

ADD: TCG Nordica Culture Center
Chuangku, Xiba Road NO.101, Kunming

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Celebrating the Season http://en.tcgnordica.com/2017/celebrating-the-season/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:27:23 +0000 http://en.tcgnordica.com/?p=7896

About the KIA orchestra

The KIA orchestra is made up of students and staff from Kunming International Academy. The school has had an orchestra since 2008. They have performed in various venues around Kunming, in other cities in China including Chengdu and Dali, as well as overseas in Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

Currently the student members range from 10-18 years old. During this concert, the orchestra will play traditional Christmas music and popular Christmas music as well as 2 classical concertos featuring 2 soloists from our student members. The conductor is Justin Li, a member of the Kunming Nieer orchestra.

Concert Details

Time:2017/12/14   19:00
Tel:0871-64114691
Ticket:Regular—- 40 RMB / Person
Family (2adults + child) —- 100 RMB / 3 people
Tickets online: Celebrating the Season (please clink it to buy tickets online)
Tickets QR code: Welcome scan the QR code to buy tickets on our WeChat store.

Add : TCG Nordica Culture Center . Xiba Road  # 101,Xishan District, Kunming.

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Janeric Johansson:Pictures of Hope http://en.tcgnordica.com/2017/janeric-johansson-2/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:03:02 +0000 http://en.tcgnordica.com/?p=7886

DETAILS

Artist: Janeric Johansson

Time: 2017-11-17, 19:30 — 21:30

Ticket: Free

Tel: 0871-64114691

Add: TCG Nordica, #101 Xiba Road, Xishan District, Kunming


old picture:Sweden Family

ABOUT THE LECTURE 

Pictures of Hope – the Swedish who changed the history of China.

The Swedish artist Janeric Johansson will show us some of his art and tell us about Yangshao culture, the beginning of the Chinese history, and the swedish involvment in how it was found.This happend one hundred years ago and is one of many examples when east meets west in a positive way. We will get to know about Johan Gunnar Andersson a swedish scientist who made the discovery with the help of Maria Pettersson, missionary and a Swedish mother Teresa who saved the lifes of more than 3000 children.


Yang Shao Culture

 

About Artist

aneric Johansson

Janeric Johansson, Swedish. Born in 1950.He has been working as a fulltime artist for 49 years. Janeric is one of the most famous international artists in Sweden and had more than 200 solo exhibitions in 17 countries.

Museums/Collections:

Janeric Johansson’s artwork is represented by 35 museum all over the world.

National Museum, Stockholm Sweden – Malmö Museum and 15 other swedish museums.

Metroplolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo Japan

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.

Ulster Museum of Art, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Lillehammer Art Museum, Norway.

Svendborg Museum, Denmark.

Yangshao Cultural Museum, Mianchi, Henan, China

Waikato Art Museum, New Zeeland.

CIPB permanent Collection, Cabo Frio, Brazil.

General Mills Collection, USA

Musee Papier Paint, Rixheim, France

Archive for modern art, Nurnberg, Germany

Artworks from Janeric Johansson

WELCOME TO JOIN

 

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The 14th Annual International Christmas Fair http://en.tcgnordica.com/2017/christmas-fair-4/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:16:44 +0000 http://en.tcgnordica.com/?p=7881
Christmas Fair Details
ORGANIZER: TCG Nordica Culture Center 

DATE:2017 Dec 1  Friday 17:00—21:00

2017 Dec 2  Saturday 10:00—18:00

TICKET: 5 RMB/ Person

BUS:#62. #95. #120. #A1

BUS STATION:Yong Le Lu Kou

ADD: Xi Ba Road #101,Chuangku,KM

TELEPHONE: 0871- 64114691

       

Christmas Fair Introduction

TCG Nordica hosted thirteen years of the Christmas Fair,This year TCG Nordica will host the 14th annual Christmas Fair again. Over 30 different vendors will help transform the venue into abustling Christmas market. They will provid a variety of products ranging from Christmas cookies and treats, an assortment of hand-made crafts, jewelry andmore. There are also dedicated food vendors providing coffee, snacks and meals from different cuisines.

There are also a variety of different performances on the stage on both Friday and Saturday. It is wonderful that the community that has formed around Christmas Fair each year can perform with song and dance, either it is traditional Christmas music or more exotic. It is especially positive that many youth are willing to contribute to making the Christmas Fair one of the leading events during the holiday season here in Kunming.

It is also important to set light on the Christmas Fair tickets and annual earnings of 5% will be used for public welfare and charity to benefit the weakest in our local society.

Christmas Fair Activities
1、Fair:Handrafts,Decorations,Jewel
2、Amazing performance during Christmas Fair3、Feast on International cuisine and coffee4、Meet Santa,Recording moment with friends

5、Different kind of children activities

Welcome join Kunming´s 14th annual international Christmas Fair in TCG Nordica!

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Christmas Fair 2017 Vendor Application http://en.tcgnordica.com/2017/christmas-fair-2017-vendor-application/ Sat, 30 Sep 2017 06:42:59 +0000 http://en.tcgnordica.com/?p=7851 TCG Nordica has started preparation for Kunming´s 14th annual Christmas Fair
and the committee is inviting you to apply to join!

This year Christmas Fair will be held the first weekend of December; Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd.

 

Vendor application

Please read our guidelines before you apply and then send your information to: christmasfair@tcgnordica.com before Monday October 30th. Please write “vendor application” as the subject of your e-mail.

Vendor Applicatio

 

Charity application

We are looking for a non-profit charity organization to support. Every Christmas fair, Nordica gives profit from the Christmas fair to support an important humanitarian project. Please let us know if and why your project would like this support. Send your application to: christmasfair@tcgnordica.com no later than Monday October 30th. Please write “charity application” as the subject of your e-mail.

 

Professional Christmas greeting portrait/family photographer application

 

We are in need of a Christmas portrait photographer to take professional family photos.

What we provide:

A good space at Nordica (around 30 m2)

Around 3000 visitors that can be potential clients

What you provide: Equipment needed (including photography equipment and decorations for the pictures)

Your need to pay the same fee as all vendors and are expected to charge your customers. Please note that 5% of your income will be donated to charity same as for all vendors.

Please send a CV and some examples of your work to: christmasfair@tcgnordica.complease write “photograph application” as the subject of your e-mail.

 

Performers´ applications

We are looking for stage entertainment; local and foreign artists that are willing to donate their time to perform on our stage. Christmas themed performances are very much appreciated, but not necessary. Performers will get a free ticket to the fair.

Please send your application, including information about what kind of entertainment you can provide, to: christmasfair@tcgnordica.complease write“performer application” as the subject of your e-mail.

This is an opportunity to get good and free advertisement for who you are and what you do. We have an average of 3000 visitors during these days.

 

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