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The Frame Talks are a series of signature panel discussions specially curated by GWBJ in collaboration with its partners. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the original programme, content, and formatting were redesigned to suit the situation. 

GWBJ 2020 featured two prerecorded Zoom videos with prominent Chinese and international guest speakers. These included a collaboration with Zurich Art Weekend aimed at nurturing an international debate on the challenges and possibilities of crisis, along with a conversation with leading Chinese artist Cao Fei about her VR project “Blueprints,” recently shown at the Serpentine Galleries in London.

Besides these offerings, “This is Me!” and “Mapping Mindscapes” included two series of curated lecture-performances as part of the Frame Talk programme, featuring young Chinese practitioners and artists from the GWBJ Public Sector. These events were live-streamed by Zai Art, artron.net, ART EXPRESS, Kuaishou, IGTV, and Weibo.

2020 marked the first time the much-anticipated “Best Exhibition Award” was split into two prizes – the “Best Exhibition Award - Innovation Prize” and the “Best Exhibition Award -Master Prize.” The winners were announced on Sunday, 24 May, during the Best Exhibition Award Ceremony that followed the “GWBJ 2020 Best Exhibition Award: Master Prize and Innovation Prize Jury Panel Discussion” held by the two juries at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art Auditorium. The panel discussion was live-streamed by Zai Art, IGTV, and Weibo. 


Frame Talk 1 Perspectives from the International Art Community: Challenges and Possibilities in a Time of Global Crisis

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Frame Talk 2Cao Fei, Blueprints: A Conversation

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Frame Talk 3This is Me! A Series of Performative Talks by Young Chinese Practitioners

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Frame Talk 4Mapping Mindscapes: A Series of Performative Talks by Selected Artists of GWBJ 2020's Public Sector

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Frame Talk 5Best Exhibition Award: Master Prize and Innovation Prize Jury Panel Discussion and Award Ceremony

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Frame Talks
  • Zhang Hanlu, "Platform Multiculturalism: More than Performativity"|Frame Talk 3
    This  lecture  features  Zhang  Hanlu  reflecting  on  her  "Kuaishou  experience"  and  the  video  sharing  app  as  a  whole.  Kuaishou  is  regarded  among  social  science  researchers  as  representative  of  the  "real  China"  because  of  its  user  demographics–60%  are  from  third-  and  fourth-tier  cities  and  rural  areas.  Zhang  Hanlu,  for  her  part,  believes  the  performativity  of  users'  Kuaishou  videos  provides  the  key  to  understanding  the  social  media  platform.  Kuaishou  bloggers  survive  by  labelling  and  making  a  spectacle  out  of  themselves  in  accordance  with  the  attention  economy  and  the  platform's  rowdy  nature.  At  the  same  time,  their  performances  are  interspersed  with  the  roleplaying  of  other  identities,  imaginary  visions  of  globalisation,  and  interpretations  of  the  youth  culture.  As  such,  they  suspend  cultural  stereotypes  with  a  spirit  of  heterogeneity.
  • Yao Qingmei, "One Rehearsal: Performance No. 5. Successful Fall"|Frame Talk 3
    Two  amateur  actors  go  onto  the  stage.  They  each  stand  next  to  a  pile  of  books.  All  these  books  have  a  name  related  to  the  word  "success."  The  actors  read  the  covers  of  the  books  in  sequence  and  put  them,  one  after  the  other,  under  their  feet.  Their  reading  gradually  morphs  into  a  physical  balancing  act.  Reading  paragraphs  drawn  from  a  few  books,  the  actors  accelerate  the  action,  turning  it  into  a  competition.  The  accumulation  of  "success  books"  gradually  raises  the  actors'  bodies  and  finally  results  in  two  expected  crashes.
  • Pu Yingwei, "Mother Tongue: Homoflottant"|Frame Talk 3
    This  performance  illustrates  "Homoflottant"–a  theory  introduced  by  Pu  Yingwei–and  endeavors  to  break  down  the  existing  racial  identity  framework  while  suggesting  a  potential  state  of  being  both  universal  and  fluid.  Drawing  from  literature,  advertising,  and  comics,  the  artist  evokes  the  language  of  different  ages,  genders,  and  states,  and  ultimately  weaves  them  into  a  tangled  memory.
  • Zhang Wenxin, "Medium in Trance"|Frame Talk 3
    The  human  attachment  to  the  organic  world  is  reflected  in  the  practice  of  modelling,  where  countless  images  collected  from  real  life  are  utilised  for  the  creation  of  virtual  scenes  as  texture  maps.  This  kind  of  virtual  world  can  be  regarded  as  a  "resuscitative  space."  Linking  the  ancient  mythical  graphics  created  to  understand  cosmology  with  cognitive  mapping  and  digital  modelling  premised  on  algorithmic  techniques,  Zhang  Wenxin  scrutinises  and  reconstructs  the  resuscitative  space,  bringing  to  light  clues  of  organic  life  embedded  in  inorganic  technical  images.
  • Ma Qiusha, "Bleach"|Frame Talk 3
    Two  performers  of  opposite  genders  are  dressed  in  suits.  Facing  the  camera,  the  female  performer  downs  a  cup  of  coloured  liquid,  which  drips  onto  her  shirt  with  traces  left  on  her  lips,  jaw,  and  neck.  Equipped  with  daily  cleaning  supplies,  the  male  performer  removes  the  stains  for  the  female  actor  while  situated  in  various  positions–squatting,  standing,  and  kneeling.  The  performance  ends  when  he  completes  the  cleansing,  at  which  point  the  female  performer  becomes  drenched.  Some  traces  are  eliminated  but  others  are  simultaneously  uncovered.
  • You Yang, "The Development of Public Art"|Frame Talk 4
    You  Yang  gives  an  introductory  lecture  on  the  coordinate  system  of  art  over  time,  discussing  space,  subject  matter,  audience,  and  function.  You  Yang  gives  the  caves  in  the  Palaeolithic  Period  as  an  example,  which  embodied  a  variety  of  virtues,  including  habitability,  "publicness,"  spirituality,  and  aesthetics.  The  subject  matter  and  function  of  art  has  changed  over  time  in  correspondence  to  human  achievements  in  terms  of  the  reshaping  of  nature  and  prevailment  over  it.  In  modern  urban  life,  the  significance  of  all  locations  changes  quickly.  With  images  being  produced  and  presented  among  the  trappings  of  the  everyday,  art  is  affecting  and  shaping  the  aesthetic  system  as  well  as  everyone's  life.
  • He An+Chen Yueru, "12-Minute Sculpture"|Frame Talk 4
    In  this  performance,  Chen  Yueru  sends  instructions  from  Nanjing  to  Beijing  via  WeChat  every  other  minute  based  on  her  reading  of  Lenormand  cards.  The  recipient  of  her  messages  in  Beijing,  the  artist  He  An,  responds  to  her  interpretation  of  certain  cards  with  verbal  and  physical  performances.  12  instructions  are  given  in  12  minutes.
  • Nhozagri, "The Birth of A Suuuuuuuuuper Citizen"|Frame Talk 4
    There  is  a  story  that  occurs  in  the  Super  Nhozagri  Kingdom–it  concerns  a  path  forward  and  a  path  backwards  that  are  part  of  a  single  whole.  Walking  all  the  way  around  marks  the  story's  completion  and  a  circle  that  forms  into  an  "egg"–this  is  the  shape  of  time.  Everything  takes  place  in  this  "egg,"  which  also  birthed  the  "super  citizen."  The  performance  touches  on  two  dimensions:  1)  the  linear  narrative  of  the  story,  and  2)  the  practical  activity  of  "super  citizen"  who  stems  from  it.
  • Ye Funa, "You Live in The Desert of the Real, But I Live in Beauty"|Frame Talk 4
    Taking  the  form  of  a  monologue  with  real-time  screen  sharing,  this  performance  investigates  MeituPic–a  beauty  app–and  the  ways  it's  intervened  in  contemporary  life  and  offered  an  alternative  hierarchy  for  aesthetic  criticism.  Issues  discussed  in  the  performance  include  the  creation  of  "self"  and  the  virtual  "self,"  the  democracy  of  bottom-up  quasi-art,  the  transformation  and  dissembling  of  the  body,  the  impact  of  VR  and  image  filters  on  politics,  the  metamorphosis  of  human  society  caused  by  technology,  and  social  media  exhibitionism.
  • Tong Kunniao, "Poo-poo Ping-Pong"|Frame Talk 4
    At  the  golden  sunset,  ping-pong  balls  are  brought  forth  one  after  another  –  quacking  while  they  rebound  –  like  mischievous  elves  newly  born  in  the  gloaming.  Culminating  with  the  sound  of  a  toilet  flushing  against  a  backdrop  of  lustrous  sunlight,  this  performance  is  one  that  facilitates  digestion.