I had seen some of the works from 21st Century exhibition in other galleries, so the standout piece for me was “French artist Celeste Boursier-Mougenot’s mesmerising installation From Here to Ear, featuring live finches whose movements create a drone-like, ambient sound-scape as they alight on ”forests” of coat-hangers swinging from five octagonal harpsichords installed in the ceiling”.
Wish I could have taken photos.
Outside of that, I was obviously a keen observer of art works that had urban themes with 2 standouts in that:
1) JUNEBUM PARK
Via 21C blog- http://21cblog.com/extract-from-parking/
Like a young boy playing with his toys, Junebum Park guides and protects the people in the miniature play worlds of his video works with touching tenderness. Through a clever shift of perspective, the most ordinary of environments are transformed into extraordinary scenes in which the artist’s hands interfere with the forces and currents of our everyday lives in a way that is both comic and comforting.
2) TSUI KUANG-YU
I loved his videos as quirky uses and illustrations of urban life (and his one video with bowling with pigeons in public space is kind of hilarious)
Tsui Kuang-Yu uses video, performance and photography to examine aspects of urban life and human behaviour in regulated contemporary city environments. Tsui is part of what is known as the ‘Third Wave’ generation of Taiwanese artists, characterised as having grown up in the period after martial law was lifted in 1978. A recurrent feature in Tsui’s work is a sophisticated critique of public life, its social groups and urban systems. The time-poor city-dweller contends with a population density and pace that impels order and efficiency. The physical manifestations of these systems are realised as footpaths, pedestrian crossings, chain-link dividers, awnings, café umbrellas, parks and iron-studded features in marble, placed to deter skateboarders, and so on. These kinds of structures naturalise the functioning city so as to be almost invisible.
Shot in London and Taipei, Shortcut to the Systematic Life 2002–05 presents a series of intentional misunderstandings of urban architectures – specifically, those that prescribe where and when to walk, work, exercise or play.