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OCT-LOFT events add edgy flavor to ICIF

Time:2013-05-02   Source:Shenzhen Daily

As Shenzhen’s most avant-garde and creative cultural center, OCT-LOFT in Nanshan District has been a key subvenue of the China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF) for many years. That tradition will continue from Saturday to June 16, as events including animation shows, new media art exhibitions and rock concerts will be held there as part of the ninth ICIF.

Most events are free or low-cost, organizers said.

A leading event is an art competition organized by the First Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale. The competition features new works by young artists and has received more than 200 entries from China, Thailand, India, South Korea, Japan, Iran, South Africa and Russia. The jury panel will include Italian curator Cecilia Freschini, founder and director of Lab-Yit; Kim Sungjoo, a South Korean animation promoter; Chinese film director Li Yang; Chinese new media artist Miao Xiaochun; Central Academy of Fine Arts Professor Wang Huangsheng; Asian animation promoter Wang Liuyi; and Japanese computer graphics artist Yoichiro Kawaguchi.

Forty-three of the works will be exhibited from Saturday to June 16. The competition winners will be announced at a Saturday ceremony in the B10 venue on OCT-LOFT’s north side.

Local art enthusiasts might be familiar with the biennale from an exhibition that opened in December in B10, featuring 100 renowned or award-winning animated films created by 56 Chinese and international artists in recent years.

Near the closing of this year’s ICIF, OCT-LOFT will join hands with the French Consulate-General in Guangzhou to invite nine French artists to make improvised animations at B10 on June 16. Ticket sales will begin 10 days prior through OCT-LOFT’s Sina Weibo account.

From May 12 to June 16, art-lovers can explore new media design works at an exhibition called “Design Can Change.” The exhibition will feature creative designs from across the globe provided by the Royal Academy of Arts in London; Queen Mary, University of London; Aalto University in Finland; Parsons The New School for Design in America; and Hunan University in China.

Lectures on the Chinese design industry, technology and new media will be given by professors from those universities, including Nick Bryan Kinns, Benjamin Bacon and Tahiroglu Koray.

To support independent arthouse movies, OCT-LOFT will show three short movies and two short documentaries created by Hong Kong, Beijing and Guangzhou artists, at 7 p.m. in B10 on May 9, 16, 23 and 30.

For people who think the independent films and exhibitions could be a little too serious or obscure, concerts by rock and jazz bands from home and abroad will be held at B10 and Idutang from Friday through May 30.

Highlighted bands include Immanu El from Sweden (May 7, B10); Frankfurt Colors Quartet from Germany (May 10, B10); Japan’s Kiryu (May 13, B10); Hula Honeys (May 21, B10); Claude Diallo Situation from Switzerland (May 24, B10); and Australian duo Agnes Kain (May 26, Idutang).

Meanwhile, a fancy exhibition with mushrooms as its theme is being held at Little Thing Concept Shop. Titled “Let Them Eat Mushroom!,” the exhibition features paintings, photos, installations and videos — all about mushrooms — by more than 20 young artists, including Masako Shinya, Ai Nakamoto, Lio Beardsley, Kay Wong, Irene Leung and Kathleen Murphy. Handicrafts fairs this weekend and May 17-20 also should not be missed.

Detailed schedules and ticketing information can be found at www.octloft.cn. The site has some English-language services.