Artists Morgan Wong and Huang Weikai participate in Times Art Center Berlin’s group exhibition “The D-Tale, Video Art from the Pearl River Delta”, Episode I “Urban Explosion”. Focusing on the Pearl River Delta region, the exhibition is designed and arranged into three episodes, presenting a series of video works by artists associated with the area. Through the medium of video, participating artists transfer their personal experiences and practices into different scenarios, unfolding the chronological and relational significance of Pearl River Delta in this global era. The first episode will be on view until January 12th.

Morgan Wong’s “The Proposed Boundary” touches on the uncertainties of a border and its ever-changing nature over time. The work takes on the history of colonial Hong Kong as a context and looks into the eponymous dashed line. The dashed lines, once indicating the borderline, are then re-represented as bamboo-fences and road signs in the changing course of time. These borderlines, tangible or intangible, are thus interweaved and threaded into the form of video work. Morgan Wong’s another piece“Plus – Minus – Zero”, however, investigates into the form of video as a frequently categorized time-based media, from which he connects time, distance, technology and travel. Through all these contradictions and collisions between technology, brain logics, time, optical illusions, distance and travel, artist builds this reflection, a process of reframing time by symbolically pressing the fast-forward or the return button.

Morgan Wong,The Proposed Boundary,2017,Single channel video, 4K, color, stereo,6’39″,Video still

 Plus-Minus-Zero Exhibitoin still,Courtesy of Times Art Center Berlin

Artist Huang Weikai presents two works in the exhibition: his solo project “Disorder”, and a collaborative group piece “San Yuan Li”, which artist participates as a cameraman. “Disorder”  is a multi-layered digital collage. Artist selects and sorts materials that expand more than 1000 hours, associating a series of video works made by Guangzhou amateur cameramen, re-processing the film footage, forming a narrative that is at once incongruent and fragmented. If the work “Disorder” formulates a narrative structure that centers on the geographic region of Guangzhou through the medium of video, “San Yuan Li” investigates into the suburb, urban issues of Guangzhou region through the case study of San Yuan Li. By bounding a group of film experimenters from the Peal River region, and grouping the individual and collective modes of film production, the work probes the ever-evolving urban issues in the Guangzhou city landscape.

Disorder Exhibitoin still,Courtesy of Guangdong Times Museum

San Yuan Li Exhibition still,Courtesy of Guangdong Times Museum

Episode I “Urban Explosion” participating artists

ART JONES, CAO Fei, CHAN Chui Hing Nose, CHEN Shaoxiong, CHEN Tong, CHOW Chun Fai, HO Tzu Nyen, HUANG Weikai, JIANG Zhi, LIANG Juhui, LIN Yilin, LIU Chuang, OU Ning, João Vasco PAIVA, Ellen PAU, SONG Ta, TANG Kwok Hin, TSANG Kin-Wah, Morgan WONG, WONG Ping, WONG Wing Sang

About Times Art Center Berlin

Times Art Center Berlin was founded in July 2018 by the Guangdong Times Museum, a non-profit private art museum of great importance situated within the Pearl River Delta in China. Registered as a non-profit art institution, Times Art Center Berlin is currently located in the Potsdamer Strasse Art District in the heart of Berlin. Times Art Center is scheduled to open to the public at the end of 2018. It is the first parallel institution founded by an Asia-based art museum overseas. Operating as an independent and self-governed organization, it intends to explore new models of developing Asian contemporary art institutions both in Europe and the world — through exhibitions, research, productions, screenings, public educational programs, artist residencies and publications. Additionally, Times Art Center plans to collaborate on a regular basis with local artists, curators, intellectuals and institutions via dynamic research to provide a platform of academic discourse and artistic production for Chinese, Asian and international artists. As a new experimental contemporary art space, Times Art Center Berlin embraces global cultures, conducting in-depth and effective communication with the local cultures and artistic ecologies of Berlin, following the principles of co-production and cosmopolitanism. Times Art Center Berlin promotes the presentation and discourse, in a European cultural context, of aesthetics and visions related to the “New Institutional Geography” established by the Guangdong Times Art Museum, while proactively contributing to the growing artistic ecologies of Berlin.

About Artists

Morgan Wong was born in 1984 in Hong Kong. He graduated from School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong with BA (Hons) in Creative Media in 2007 and from Slade School of Fine Art, University College London with MFA in 2013. He currently lives and works in Hong Kong. His selected solo exhibitions include: The Dashes(Goethe Institute, Hong Kong,2018) , medialogue (Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong, 2018), An Inch of Time; An Inch of Gold(Art Basel Hong Kong-Discoveries, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2018), Mean Time(Centre A, Vancouver, 2016), The Dashes; The Laughter; The Reservoirs(organized by A+ Contemporary, Asia Art Center Taipei II, Taipei, 2016), KIGOJA Standard Time(KST) (KIGOJA, Seoul, 2016), Untitled-Expressway(Rolls Royce Motor Car Showroom, Hong Kong, 2015), Filing Down a Steel Bar Until a Needle is Made(Tintype Gallery, London, 2013), One Hour(2P Contemporary Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 2011). His selected group exhibitions include: The D-Tale Video Art from The Pearl River Delta (Times Art Center Berlin, Berlin, 2018), MINIMALISM: Space. Light. Object.( ArtScience Museum, Singapore, 2018) , Frame of the Images; Boundary of the Time – Condo Shanghai (co-organized by A+ Contemporary and joségarcía, mx, A+ Contemporary, 2018) , Connective Videos: Berlin – Hong Kong 3/6(Goethe-Institute, Hong Kong, 2018) , The work we do while not exactly working (ICAPU, Ulsan, Korea,2018) , Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics(OCAT Institute, Beijing, 2018), Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics(OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shanghai, Shanghai, 2017), So Far, So Right: A Study of Reforms and Transitions Across Borders(Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, 2017), Line of TIMES(MILL6 Foundation, Hong Kong, 2017), Time Test: International Video Art Research Exhibition(CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, 2016), Seoul Babel(Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, 2016), Imagine There’s No Country, Above Us Only Our Cities(Para Site, Hong Kong, 2015), Essential Matters(Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, 2015), The 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale(OCT Contemporary Art Terminal Shenzhen, Shenzhen, 2014), Art Basel Hong Kong 2014 Encounters( Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, 2014), 18th Videobrasil( SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo, 2013), Move On Asia – Video Art in Asia 2002 to 2012(Media Museum ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany, 2013), No Soul for Sale(Tate Modern, London, 2010). At the same time, Morgan Wong also writes articles for Artform.com, Artforum(CN) and Art Review Asia.

Huang Weikai was born in Guangzhou and studied Chinese painting since he was ten years old. In 1995, he graduated from the Chinese Art Department of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. Thereafter, he worked as a cinema promoter, screenwriter and cinematographer. Since 2002, he has been making independent films and has received numerous awards. In 2010, he was awarded Asian Cultural Council/Jackie Chan Foundation Fellowship and invited to be a visiting scholar in the Cinema Studies Department at Tisch School of the Arts of New York University. In 2011, his feature-length project, Now is the Future of the Past, was selected for L’Atelier at the 64th Cannes Film Festival. In 2014, his work Disorder was selected in a list of “the 100 Best Films Ever Made in Mainland China” publicized by Time Out. His selected group exhibitions include “La Strada. Dove Ci Crea Il Mondo” (MAXXI, Rome, 2018) , “The D-Tale, Video Art from the Pearl River Delta” (Times Art Center Berlin, Berlin, 2018), “Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture” (Nantou Old Town, Shenzhen, 2017), “Re/Sentiment” (A+ Contemporary, Shanghai, 2016), “Documentary fornight 2011” (Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2011).