They hand-painted movie posters for the Grand Cinema, Hubei Cinema and Caoyang Cinema. But then, around the year 2000, hand-painted posters began to be phased out and replaced by digital design and inkjet technology. Whether hand-painted movie posters are a form of art or simply a kind of design-craft is hotly debated in the city, and among the practitioners.
The three poster painters will create a new and monumental hand-painted poster for the screening of the movie, Go For Broke [see Persona 8], before the visitors of the Shanghai Biennale. And then, this giant poster will be delivered in a formal ceremony to the movie’s screening site, on 26 November 2016. After the screening, it will be donated to the Shanghai Film Museum.
- Number of participants: Unlimited
- No registration required.
- Tuesday, 22 November – Thursday, 24 November, 11 AM – 5 PM
- Education Space, Second Floor, Power Station of Art
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.