60-Minute Cinema's three hour-long round ups of best Chinese film and video art

By Mark Sheerin | 10 April 2012
A black and white photo of a film still showing a Chinese woman against a snowy landscape
© Courtesy Yang Fudong, ShanghART Gallery / Marian Goodman Gallery
Exhibition: 60-Minute Cinema, Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, April 27 – June 9 2012

China may be vast. Its art may be largely inaccessible. But Mancunians with just three hours to spare can get up to speed with the best video art made beyond the great wall.

60-minute Cinema is a newly developed showcase of the most exciting new animation, shorts and artist films from the People’s Republic, with three reels in total, chosen by three curators from Taiwan, Hong Kong and the mainland.

Amy Cheng curates the moving images from Taiwan, coming to the Chinese Arts Centre fresh from curating the Taipei Pavilion at last year’s Venice Biennale.

Dong Bingfeng is a former gallery director and editor from the mainland. He has previously shown art films at the Beijing Film Academy and the Guangdong Museum of Art.

Teresa Kwong is representing Hong Kong. She is Senior Programme Manager at the Hong Kong Arts Centre and director of ifva, the city state’s independent short film and video awards.

Each instalment of 60-minute Cinema will run for about two weeks, which means that in just six weeks you will be a relative expert in Chinese moving image. Either that or you’ll realise just how much there is still to learn.

  • Admission free. Open 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday. See gallery for details of late night screenings.

More pictures:

A black and white film still of a Chinese soldier on horseback in the snow
Yang Fudong, Yejiang / The Nightman Cometh (2011). Video Single channel 35mm B&W film transferred to HD, soundtrack by Jin Wang© Courtesy Yang Fudong, ShanghART Gallery and Marian Goodman Gallery
A photo of a film still showing two people in suits sitting in a garden next to a lake
Jun Yang, Paris Syndrome (2007/2008). DV 16:9 Video© Courtesy Jun Yang / Vitamin Creative Space
A film still showing a man and a woman in suits gazing over a city from a flat balcony
© Courtesy Jun Yang / Vitamin Creative Space

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