Chen Shaoxiong, Zhang Peili at Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou

As one of the important media of moving images, the “Time” for a fully appreciation of works exhibited in this show is “293 Minutes”. In other words, this exhibition requires an 8-hour-long engagement. Of course, a quick tour of the works would save much time - only with the price of a lack of the whole picture. This is the “annoying” and subtle part about moving images. The understanding of a media work necessitates “time”, for there are countless seconds and minutes hiding behind...

First, “time” refers to the time authors spend, including a process of information selection such as shooting, editing and rendering, which is usually seen as the length of creation. Second, “time” means the duration of a media work, orrather, the limited time span in which a work documents or presents. Third, “time” points to different interpretation and viewing experiences may be caused due to overlap of changed times and environments.

All works shown in this exhibition are collected within a decade (2000-2010). Starting from 2000, the past decade saw the flourishing development of media art. The growing acceptance in circles allows its diversified development as well. Individuality of artists is enhanced, giving more freedom to imagination and generating new visions, symbols and opinions that have instilled into daily life. Keeping a proper distance from time, the retrospective “293 Minutes” not only records the changes occurred in China in the first decade of the 21st century, but also witnesses the growth to adolescence of contemporary Chinese video art, its exploration into multimedia, and its conceptualized an dexperimental pursuit. An outline of contemporary Chinese art in the ten years may be found via “293 Minutes”. But more importantly, the re-activation of these works permits a more dynamic “time” experience of the audiences and the works themselves.