The Rising Tide
A documentary on some of China's most talented emerging artists, including photographers and video artists: Cao Fei, Xu Zhen, Chen Qiulin, Yang Yong, Wang Qingsong, and Zhang O
Wednesday, April 30, 20083:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Public Policy Building 1234
Los Angeles, CA 90095
China today has one of the world's most vital, imaginative, and uncontainable art scenes. The Rising Tide investigates some of China's most talented emerging artists, whose work reflects the country's rising influence as an economic, political and cultural force.
In recent years, Chinese artists, especially those working in photography and video, have gained international recognition for their on the social and aesthetic confusion created in a rapidly changing society. To the Chinese avant-garde, materialism is all pervasive, and the dominant consumer culture has altered people's mentalities.
Produced within the dual context of globalization and urbanization, the work of artists Cao Fei, Xu Zhen, Yang Yong, Wang Qingsong, Chen Qiulin, Birdhead, and Zhang O examines the collision between the present and the future, and the confusion and ambiguity that characterize contemporary China. Their work is often an attempt to deal with the forces transforming China.
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The Rising Tide is the directorial debut of independent documentary filmmaker Robert Adanto (MFA in Acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts). He is currently working on two other documentary projects: a short film set in the Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya, and a second project that will take him to Tehran in December 2008.
Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies