The year 2000, neither near nor far away, has not yet sunk into the historical past. In our daily lives and memories, its scars are still visible in every nook and cranny of life, for it has yet to be cleaned up into the neatly bound scholastic annals of history.
Go For Broke, directed by Wang Guangli, and completed around the turn of the millennium, is about ‘labour and labourers’. It features a group of unemployed workers who enact themselves. Before the unsparing lens of the camera, they unabashedly reveal their ordinariness and naiveté against a background of current events.
This is not your usual ‘screening and watching’ film event. This is not about ‘film appreciation’ or nostalgia. This is an opportunity for us to use our senses to transcend the site through sound, light, narrative and space.
- Number of particpants: 100
- Registration required.
- Participants should arrive at the beginning of Longhua East Road (entrance to the China Shipbuilding Hall) 15 minutes before the event commences, and enter the event space with on-site workers.
- Note: The Jiangnan Shipyard was founded in 1865 as part of the Kiangnan Arsenal. It moved to Changing Island in 2008. The site of the event was abandoned after the Shanghai Expo. For personal safety, do not stray beyond the designated event area.
51 Personae presents 51 dramas that feature 51 real-life scenarios, and so it provides 51 stories—though not answers—expanding the possibilities of the 11th Shanghai Biennale: Why Not Ask Again: Arguments, Counterarguments, and Stories. While arguments and reasoning do not always come up with rhetoric sufficient to accurately reflect one’s contemplation, stories are embedded with uncertainty, diversity, and vitality, as is indicated in the proverb: “There are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people’s eyes”. From the stories of others, one enters their lives, causing a reflection on one’s own life, and in this sense, the stories of others are linked to ours.51 Personae engages life, emotions, common sense, nature, history, economics, society, culture, and art, responding to and exceeding our speculations. It takes its chance in the way individuals present their dramas to become mobile power stations. Each of these 51 individuals and groups are small waves in the ocean of history, and a spindrift of the human race. Through life’s serene currents, and its mild gentle ripples, knowledge and energy are delivered and exchanged.51 Personae embodies Raqs’ curatorial approach, through which multiple triggering mechanisms are developed, activating different perspectives in the audience, enriching the dialogue between art and life, friction between philosophical whims and literature, and the ﬂow between intellect and emotion.