Distance Between

Distance Between

3-channel HD video installation (2012), 25:00
Since Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD), once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar, Chinese Valentine’s Day has been celebrated. In Chinese mythology, Zhinu, a weaver girl, and Niulang, a cowherd, fell deeply in love – but their relationship was forbidden and they were banished to opposite sides of the Silver River, or the Milky Way. Feeling sad for these quite literally star-crossed lovers a flock of magpies would form a bridge to reunite the lovers for one day every year. This year the day falls on Tuesday 9 August.
Before this year’s Chinese Valentine’s Day, China Exchange brings us the video work DISTANCE BETWEEN by Chinese artist Xiaowen Zhu.
Distance Between
DISTANCE BETWEEN is a 3-channel video installation ostensibly on the topic of long-distance relationships, as referred to romantic relationships between people who are separated by considerable distance. The interviews, filmed with 6 subjects, recount individual stories as confessions, beginning with the innocent excitement of growing intimacy through simple means of text messages and phone calls, to the complexity of Skype, examining the inherent properties of the medium.The project begins by interviewing couples involved in long distance romantic relationships, focusing on particular traits and benefits of a mediated and technologically enabled exchange. Taking this source material, the artist mixes spontaneous interviews with reenactments by 6 subjects based on quotes taken from actual interviews. The material was then re-configured and re-contextualized by the artist. Using staged scenarios, designed stenography and cinematography, the piece encourages the viewer to re-examine their notions of the Documentary Interview and to ponder the boundary between fact and fiction. “Long-distance relationships” is used as a subject to open a discourse about self-identification, individual perception of home and travel, personal value of family and marriage, ideology of life and understandings of the issues of love and trust.


七夕之前 《距离之间》



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《距离之间》是一部三屏视频作品,之前曾在纽约小飞象中心 (Dumbo Arts Center)和圣佩德罗拱门画廊(The Arcade Gallery)以视频装置的形式进行展出。艺术家创造性地将采访素材编排至全新语境与设计脚本中,引发人们重新审视纪录片的虚实边界。



《距离之间》将在China Exchange中国站免费展映。


开幕点映+艺术家座谈 Opening Night

4 August 2016 18:30-20:00

Pre-show drinks+Screening+Panel Discussion with Xiaowen Zhu, Elisabeth Roth and Maximilian Bauer

票价信息:开幕点映+艺术家座谈 票价£10 学生价£8(展映期间免费入场)




Fri 5 August  15:00-19:00
Sat 6 August 15:00-19:00
Sun 7 August CLOSED
Mon 8 August 15:00-19:00
Tue 9 August 15:00-19:00

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About the artist:
Xiaowen Zhu is a London-based documentary filmmaker and media artist. Described as a visual poet, social critic, and aesthetic researcher, she uses video, photography, performance, installation and mixed media as platforms to communicate the complex experience of being an international person and to wrestle with the notion of a disembodied identity.

Zhu has received numerous awards, including Jury Award of DOK Munich, Jury Award of Mexico International Film Festival, the TASML Artist Residency Award and Marylyn Ginsburg Klaus Post-MFA Fellowship. She was an artist-in-residence at ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany and V2_Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She is a mentor of the British Film Institute Film Academy, a member of the Los Angeles Art Association, and formerly a Visiting Professor of Media Art at Syracuse University and Marymount College in USA. Zhu received her MFA in Art Video from Syracuse University, USA and BA in Film, TV Production & Media Art from Tongji University, China.

Zhu’s work has been shown widely shown internationally, including Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Whitstable Biennale (Whitstable, UK), Sheffield Fringe (Sheffield, UK), Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum (Beijing China), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai, China), Art Basel Hongkong, ZKM | Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe, Germany), V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), ISEA2011 (Istanbul, Turkey), Dumbo Arts Center (New York, USA), Videonale (Berlin, Germany), Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA), Los Angeles Art Association (Los Angeles, USA), Venice Arts Gallery (Los Angeles, USA), Strozzina Art Space (Florence,Italy), Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts (Norwich, UK), Toronto Urban Film Festival (Toronto, Canada), DOK Munich (Munich, Germany), Film Winter (Stuttgart, Germany), Athens Video Art Festival (Athens, Greece), and more.





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