Embassy of Foreign Artists     

Liu Tian

*1984, China, lives and works in Hangzhou
Residency period: October until December 2014
Artist and curator

In collaboration with Pro Helvetia Shanghai

Liu Tian is a Chinese artist and curator, he researches into topics relate to artistic creation, curating, writing and visual culture. Since 2006, as an artist, he has participated in Cloud Theatre — Shanghai Odyssey (director, 2013), Reactivation: The 9th Shanghai Biennale (2012), The 3rd Inward Gazes: Documentaries of Chinese Performance Art (2012) and Design Network Asia (2006), among others.

As an curator he has curated many exhibitions, including Memorandum for Gaia-The 1st PSA Emerging Curators Program (2014), Idiosyncrasies—Hanart 100 (2014), Greenbox: The Space of Media Reality (2013), What A Form: A Reportage—Wu Shanzhuan and Inga Svala Thórsdóttir (2013), West Bund 2013: A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art (assistant curator, 2013), and New Folk Movement—The Reconstruct of the Commonality Living at The 2nd Songzhuang Art Festival (2006).

In 2009 Liu launched the Contemporary Youth Arts Research Project, which to date has undertaken a series of exhibitions, workshops, research papers and publications. In 2010, he established Open Matter Institute, an artistic independent research and creative project. His a Ph.D candidate from the Institute of Contemporary Art and Social Thought, School of Inter-Media Art, China Academy of Art and his current research focus is on ‘media reality’.


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