Session 6

Raimundas MALASAUSKAS (Lithuania), CHANG Fang-Wei (Taiwan)

2019/10/14 13:30-18:00
TFAM’s Art Library

Workshop Tittle:

How does a smoke finds its destination?


(Raimundas Malašauskas as RM, Fang-Wei Chang as FW)

RM: I would like to make myself available for a conversation about difficulty. It could be an intimate encounter between different minds and hands, touching difficulty of all sorts: creative, communicative, interpersonal, etc. Where it could bring us to?

FW: The nature of smoke itself is the same as that of the mountains. Language, habits and reflections are all smoke. We live in the smog. The workshop will focus on difficulties, the energy and feedback it activates and transforms through a series of conversations, moving and writings.

RM: not just smog, but also a contraction of smoke and glow, a part time companion of the air it goes through, in, with, until it becomes part of the glowing potential and gets in turn swallowed, literally. Turning smoke into nutriments, agitators – which sounds dangerously close to alligators.

FW: Hunting dogs are clever animals. They have a sensitive sense of smell and it can smell the crocodile eggs in the nest. The smog is like dogs, snakes, wind and hurricanes, dissipating and retreating, turning into thousands, dangerous and attractive. It is both an intruder and intruded. Things are we are things, like walls, mirrors, mountains, and time. This means being in a certain subjective ambiguity, and an unstable position of looping, of smog.

Raimundas MALASAUSKAS works as a curator and writer. His curatorial work explores as much as new artistic practices as forms of exhibition making. He has presented art exhibitions through séances—his Hypnotic Show and variety performances, such as in his Clifford Irving Show. His writing combines his interest in contemporary art, music, culture, food, history, rumors, time travel, among other subjects.
Malašauskas worked as one of the agents of dOCUMENTA(13), and curated oO, the pavilions of Lithuania and Cyprus in 55th Venice Biennale. Previous to this, he was curator of the Satellite exhibition series at the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris in 2010-2011; a curator at Artists Space, New York in 2007 to 2009; and, visiting curator at California College of the Arts, San Francisco in 2007 to 2008. From 1995 to 2006, Malašauskas worked at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, where he curated numerous exhibitions, including the IX Baltic Triennial, Black Market Worlds (2005). There, he also co-produced the first two seasons of the weekly television show CAC TV, an experimental merger of commercial television and contemporary art, which ran under the slogan: Every program is a pilot, every program is the final episode. Among Malašauskas’ independently curated exhibitions are: Sculpture of the Space Age, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2009); Into the Belly of a Dove, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2010); and, Repetition Island, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2010). He is also co-author of the libretto Cellar Door, an opera by Loris Gréaud produced by the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007). Paper Exhibition, a book of Malašauskas' selected writings, was published by Sternberg Press.
CHANG Fang-Wei
CHANG Fang-Wei is currently curator at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, in charge of parts of the Public Programs. She had been the Commissioner of the 53rd Venice Biennial, Taiwan Pavilion (2009), the Director of Biennial and International Projects Office (2008-2012) and Chief Curator of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2002-2008). She has organized the Taipei Biennial from 1996 to 2012 for which she worked as in-house curator and collaborated with Taipei Biennial guest curators. She has been in charge of setting up the exhibitions of Taiwan Pavilion at Venice Biennial from 1997 to 2011 (except 2001, 2003). Other exhibitions she curated include: I Want to Dream (2015-2016), Boundaries on the Move(Herzliya Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2012), Whose Exhibition Is This? (2009), Open City: Architecture in Art (2008), Taipei/ Taipei: Views and Points (2006), 2003 City-Net Asia (Seoul City Art Museum , 2003), Field Day: Sculpture from Britain (2001), Ritual in the Fin de Siecle: Contemporary Taiwanese Art(Taipei Gallery, NY, 1999), etc.