Tianzhuo Chen

Examining the digital age’s supernatural imaginary & occult resurgence in the Paranormal Storytime event presented by AQNB at London’s The Yard Theatre

16 December 2019

Paranormal Storytime, an event presented by AQNB and curated by Jared Davis, is on at London’s The Yard Theatre on Sunday February 16, 2020, from 7pm. 

Taking its title from a phenomenon of supernatural stories shared by YouTube vloggers, Paranormal Storytime looks at the digital age’s occult resurgence and neo-gothic tendencies, as well as our fear of the unknown and its relation to technology. 

New York-based writer, critic and author of speculative fiction novel Oval Elvia Wilk will present a talk, and Cologne-via-Washington D.C producer Swan Meat will perform live, with her new EP soon to be released on Infinite Machine. The evening will also present a screening programme with video works by artists Tianzhuo Chen as well as Wang Newone. Berlin-based artist Tea Stražičić has designed Paranormal Storytime’s poster artwork.

Tickets are available now on Eventbrite, see the Facebook event for more details. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.**

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Unpacking notions of world-making, subcultural aesthetics & community in the globalised present of Cosmopolitan

15 September 2019

The Cosmopolitan group exhibition, organised by Rafaela Pandolfini with Jana Hawkins-Andersen, was on at Sydney’s The Drill Hall, running August 24 to 31.

Juliana Huxtable, All the Old Punx (2018). Installation view. Image courtesy the artist.

The show presented a programme of live events and works by Destiny Deacon and Virginia Fraser, E. Jane, Hana Pera Aoake, Juliana Huxtable, manuel arturo abreu, Mimosa Echard, No Sesso, Tianzhuo Chen and Andrew Thomas Huang. There was also an exhibition within an exhibition, curated by Spencer Lai, including Alethea Everard, Ander Rennick, George Egerton-Warburton, Hana Earles, Jessie Kiely, Joe W. Speier, Nik Lee, Samraing Chea and Sorawit Songsataya.

Situated inside a former Naval administration site overlooking Sydney’s harbour, the show featured artists whose works deal with notions of “world-making, centres and peripheries”, and the socio-political contexts of this in a globalised, neoliberal present. Cosmopolitan unpacked these ideas through the installation, video and mixed media works of over a dozen artists, with “subcultural aesthetics and expressions of community pushed up against the logic of globalisation.”**

The Cosmopolitan group exhibition, organised by Rafaela Pandolfini with Jana Hawkins-Andersen, was on at Sydney’s The Drill Hall, running August 24 to 31, 2019. 

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