AI Moyang, AT GROUP,Li Bo,Meng Baishen,Xie Zhenliang,Sun Wenguan,Wang Shang,Yan Yineng, Utopian Group,He Hai,Zhen Lu,Zhou Wendou

2016. 10. 15 – 2016. 11. 10

On October 15th, BETWEEN Art Lab Beijing holds the reception for a new exhibition at its new location at HuangTie. The new exhibition — Uncontrolled Person — includes artists AI Moyang, AT GROUP, LI Bo, MENG Boshen, XIE Zhenliang, SUN Wenguan, WANG Shang, YAN Yineng, Utopia Group: HE Hai, ZHENG Lu, ZHOU Wendou. The exhibition will last until November 10th. 2016. Reception opens on October 15th. at 5:00 pm. Address: HUAN TIE, WU HUAN NO.1, JIUXIANQIAO ROAD, BEIJING, China.


Uncontrolled Person is the first exhibition at BETWEEN Art Lab new space in Beijing. The title — Uncontrolled Person — demonstrates a non-rational experimentation for using the space, and this experimentation tries to use a unique curatorial strategy to exemplify the artists’ creations. Applying open thinkings and a non-specific topic in the show, the space and the artworks are able to interact to each other freely.

Why We Talk About “Uncontrolled Person”?

When I started thinking about the exhibition topic, the phrase “Uncontrolled Person” repeatedly appeared in my head, so I finally decided to use this phrase for the exhibition title. However, I’m unable to find connection between the title and any conceptual or logical formations. To me, the title “uncontrolled person” is symbolic and it contains a simple indication. Even though the phase isn’t strong enough to be used as the exhibition concept, I played with it anyway.

When we talk about an “uncontrolled person”, we seem to think about an uncontrollable element in rigorous system of the current society. But this symbolic meaning of “uncontrollableness” doesn’t come from an actual uncontrollable body; it appears in the opposition between “authority and control”. Before human were able to tame horses, all of the horses were just horses. But when human successfully tamed the horses, the ones that were not being tamed became “wild horses”. The word “wild” or “uncontrollable” has become a dialectical yet ambiguous concept. I think: why would horses become wild?

In a continuous organizational system and an organizational relationship that are created by modern civilization, nature and definition of things are constantly refreshed and re-established. Existed objects are unavoidably wrapped in human’s collective consciousness, and they are eventually spitted out as an objectified definition that has lost the original attributes, even though it is fitting to the collective standardization. When our minds are put into concepts that are pre-set, self-consciousness is consciously attacked from multiple places. Therefore, judgement and the right to choose become essential elements for independent attributes. In other words, when I’m unclear about the concept of this exhibition, Uncontrolled Person simply becomes a demonstration of a centralized and conceptualized cultural attitude. The exhibition tries to return to the starting point of thinking from an ontic perspective. Any kind of artistic expression established from this perspective: sensational, logical, conceptual, non-conceptual, socially-structural, individually-structural, consequential, or critical, are all respected for their creativities. Beyond all these, artistic expression with individuality and improvement are also important elements.

BETWEEN Art Lab has the horror to hold an exhibition that includes all of these excellent artists who, in my opinion, have been creating and practicing art from an ontic perspective for a long time. They create arts in an independent yet occlusion logic, and they demonstrate their open and creative thinkings in multiple dimensions. Among all of the artists, AI Moyang, XIE Zhenliang and ZHOU Wendou choose works with more sensibilities, and they use technology to mobilize a new sensation for the viewers. This sensation has exceeded textual description and any assembled concepts; it is about motion, material, thoughts of energy and experience, and a non-substitutable intuition. By using a method that’s similar to Physics experimentation, the artists use technology to change objects’ original statics and properties, and they create transcendent attempts and expressions in humans’ most fundamental sensational experiences. Works by WANG Shang and HE Hai from Utopia Group are comparatively rational. WANG Shang uses cinematic logistic to process the expression of an individual consciousness. He also applies the method and language in advertisement to aggregate a complicated but complete system that includes individuality and community, spirituality and materiality, propaganda consciousness and personal expressions from multiple dimensions.This system has a public nature, but it also maintains individualities; it is like a personal spiritual propaganda film. The inspiration for HE Hai’s Animal Manor came from one of George Orwell’s novel about a factory caught fire. The artist re-deducts the novel’s thirteen chapters. “Counterfeit reality” and “create text” have been Utopia Groups’ methods for creation. The series uses burned animal molds to demonstrate a revolution for “animal doctrine”. HE Hai translates George Orsell’s famous texts and transforms its symbolism to realism.

As a group exhibition, due to the limitation of chosen works that only show artists partial features, participations in artists personal connections are required for a more completed interpretation of the works. BETWEEN Art Lab, as an alternative space, hopes to illustrate an attitude or a stand point: providing an objective and independent experiment platform for artists, while hoping to receive more supports from artists, curators and art organizations. BETWEEN will keep using projects to explore and to experiment. In this “Art Lab”, we are committed to realize artistic freedom and multi-formation. Just like many other artists who are dedicated to experimental creations, BETWEEN Art Lab will main passionate and lively manners, and we will adapt the spirit of a wild horse as motivation to operate the space.