The exhibition proposal of The Second Frank F. Yang Art and Education Foundation “Micro-Curatorial” Project “Light! Heat! Power!” will be presented on November 3, 2018 at Spare Space in Shanghai. This exhibition is curated by curator and art critic Wang Ziyun, who is the winner of this year’s “Micro-Curatorial” Project. As the site-specific project of Spare Space, the exhibition is drawn from the novelist Mao Dun’s depiction of Shanghai at his acclaimed opus Midnight and aims to build the relationship between art and multiple dimensions of reality around Light, Heat and Power.
Although one could explore the specific traces chronologically, this exhibition does not intend to list the breadth of China’s journey in social modernization with an archival presentation. The exhibition posits its narrative on a broader temporal and spatial parameter, around which a constellation of exhibition structure could be constructed. Light (material, form, and space) is included in the artists’ mediums and means of intervention to this exhibition; heat (energy, temperature, passion) is what fuels the transformations pertaining to social/aesthetic systems and actual conditions; and power (power, strength, speed) does not only point to the historical impetus and motives, but also serves as a response to the eruption and accelerated dissemination of information.