21.10.2005, at 7 p.m.
Modern Asian Film Forms: San Yuan Li, by Ou Ning & Cao Fei; Burners, by: Cao Fei; Chain Reaction, by Cao Fei.
Presentation: Łukasz Szałankiewicz

Chain Reaction
5mins /DV/2000

Director/Photographer: Cao Fei
Chain Reaction is itself a kind of independent thinking. Everyone has his or her own experience and values. I call the world of Chain Reaction "a view of schizophrenia". Most of the images in the video transcend the daily life experience and yet at the same time parody it. The video deconstructs and opposes evil using the power of evil inside human nature. It is a parable of evil, but not a parable with the function of salvation.


Director/Photographer: Cao Fei
Burners is discussing the autonomy of desire and conversations between desires. It is an expression of a certain extremely private viewpoint. It reveals the existence of privacy in soft porn and mocks at the idea of male egocentricity; it is in sympathy with the autonomy of desire and fantasizes about revolution and liberty (not only those related to sex).The video is definitely neither a cry of a defender of feminism nor a female artist's opinion on sex. It not only depicts sex, but also talks about love and choices, the mental ones rather than the physical ones.

San Yuan Li is an artistic project created by the two artists  Ou Ning & Cao Fei, as an order for the 50th Venice Biennale. The project is a compilation of video, sound, photography, text and paper publications. As a multimedia work of art it represents a sociological study of the typical urban town of Guangzhou – an example of the phenomenon of “a village in the city”.

The film, which will be shown here, is part of a larger project. It encompasses the town called Guangzhou, where the authors were born. For them the San Yuan Li project is an isolated element from the Guangzhou body. Equipped with digital camera and DAT player, the artists entered the area as “urban Flâneurs”, provoking discussion about historical ties and the confrontation of urban and village social systems in Kanton. They also observed the very specific process of reconciliation between modernity and the patriarchal clan system. The artists also documented the remarkably unusual architecture and peculiarity of the inhabitants.  

Curator: Małgorzata Taraszkiewicz-Zwolicka
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