about tan tan

Tan Tan

ARTIST, RESEARCHER, TEACHER

- a lecturer at Hubei Institute Of Fine Arts (Wuhan, China). 

- a PhD researcher at Theatre, Performance and Media Studies, Dep. of Art Studies, Ghent University (Gent, Belgium)

Tan Tan is performing in performance art work "ART MUST BE RELAX; ARTIST MUST BE RELAX"

INTERMEDIA ART

Moving image

PERFORMANCE 

INSTALLATION

MUSIC/SOUND

DOCUMENTARY

Tan Tan is performing in theatre "THE DICTIONARY OF SOUL"

REALITY AND FICTION

CREATING RITUALS

TIME-SPACE TRANSFORMATION

Tan Tan is shooting her experimental film "LOST IN HOME"

Tan Tan is shooting her experimental film "LOST IN HOME"

-Selected in 60th Berlin International Film Festival

-Selected in 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)

-Selected in43rd Tampere Film Festival

-Selected in2012 Images Festival(Canada)

-Selected in 35th Göteborg International Film Festival

Tan Tan is acting in experimental film "UNKNOWN RITUAL No.1"

- Winner of "The Best Exploration" Award at 5th XI'AN International video festival, Xi’an, China, 2014

- Winner of "New Emerging Experimental Filmmaker Academy Awards" at 2nd Beijing Film Acadamy New Media Art Triennial, China, 2010

- Winner of “The Best Experimental Film Award-professional group” at 14th Beijing Student Film Festival, April, 2007

Tan Tan is with her interactive installation " Fire- nirvana” belonging to intermedia art "WATER  FIRE  EARTH"

- Solo exhibition "Venize Biennale World Tour 2016-Chongqing Stop", Chongqing Changjiang Contemporary Art Museum, China, 2016

- Exhibited in DM@CC——2015 Wuhan Digital Art Invitational Exhibition, Wuhan Art Museum

- Exhibited in "FestArt"exhibition of 43th Tampere Film Festival, Finland, 2013

- Exhibited in 1st ASEAN Biennial(China), 2013

- Exhibited in “China New Design””Exhibition for Italy & China Culture Year 2011

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Tan Tan is an artist, researcher, and teacher. Currently lives and works in Belgium and China. Since 2010, she has been a lecturer at Hubei Institute Of Fine Arts (Wuhan, China). In 2015, she started a PhD research at Theatre, Performance and Media Studies, Dep. of Art Studies, Ghent University (Gent, Belgium), sponsored by China Scholarship Council (CSC).

Her oeuvre so far includes experimental film/video art, as well as intermedia arts that combine performance, music and sound art, image, installation, etc. Reality and fiction, rituals and time-space transformation are the core subjects of her works, while site-specific performance and hybrid moving image mixed with documentary and fiction are the special forms.

With her works she participated various international film festivals and art exhibitions, such as Berlin International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Tampere Film Festival, Images Festival(Canada), Göteborg International Film Festival, Asian Art Top Show(China), The first edition of Changjiang International Photography & Video Biennale(China), 1st ASEAN Biennial(China).

She also engages in research and curatorship. For instance she curated an experimental film/video art program "China Experience" at the 43th Tampere Film Festival in 2013. In 2014, she was selected by the China Artist Association for a “Middle-aged and Young Chinese Artists and Scholars of 2014 Overseas Research Scheme” to do research in Belgium and Austria. Currently, she is doing a PhD project on performance based intermedia art at Ghent University.

  • BA-  Drama, Movie&TV, Literature, Communication University Of China, Beijing, China
  • MA-  Experimental Film/Video, China Central Academy Of Fine Arts and Calarts cooperation Master program, Beijing, China

Recent activities (exhibitions, film festivals, performances…)

2017

  • 2nd Chinese Women Artists Video Art Festiva, Mexico City, Mexico, August
  • "Images Vivantes" Art Exhibition, Lesbrouss'art Gallery, June
  • Venize Biennale Online Exhibition 2017, May to November
  • Venize Biennale 2017 "TRANS-BORDERING ART", Venice, Italy,May
  • Lecture performance“The Principles of Survival of Today's Artistic Career/Life” at international conference "DANCE NOW-work with(out) boundaries", Gent, Belgium, March
  • Solo exhibition “Unknown Ritual No.1”, Le Clignoteur Art Space, Brussels, Belgium, January

2016

  • Wuzhen Theatre Festival, Wuzhen, China, October
  • “Paint one another, know one another”Sino Foreign Fine Art Exhibition, Yan Huang Art Musuem, Beijing, China, September
  • TanBo Solo exhibition "Venize Biennale World Tour 2016-Chongqing Stop", Chongqing Changjiang Contemporary Art Museum, China, June
  • Chinese Short Film Festival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolian National Art Gallery, Central Palace of Culture, Mongolia, June
  • Videos&Experimental Films by Artist in Wuhan, The Project of Moving Image XII, U&M Art Space, Guangzhou, China, May-June
  • The trailer of “Unknown Ritual” was selected in the program of artistic Cable TV station SFE TV (Souvenirs from Earth Television), Germany, April

2015

  • Beijing Fringe Festival 2015, Beijing, China, September
  • DM@CC——2015 Wuhan Digital Art Invitational Exhibition, Wuhan Art Museum,September
  • Chinese Women Artists Video Art Festival, Mexico City, Mexico, June
  • 1st Changjiang International photography & Video Biennale, Chongqing, China, April
  • 11th IAWRT Asian Women's Film Festival, New Delhi, India, March
  • TanBo Intermedia Performance “Shadow/ Matter”+Improvised Music/Sound Art Workshop, Wuhan, China, February
  • 2014
  • "EXIM 2014"-Experimental Video Festival in Macao, China, November
  • "Self-Consistency" Installation and Video Exhibition at Creative Capital International Art Festival, Wuhan, October
  •  DANS QUELLE VIE TU MONDE(S)?-2014 “The China-French Cultural Spring”,Wuhan,China,June
  • 2014 “Sound/Body/Image/Power” Multi-Media Art Festival -“Faith Ÿ Pain and Itching”Performance Art Session + Contemporary Art Exhibition,chi K11 art space,Wuhan,China
  • Academy+Space "Social Dimension"-Young Artists Invitational Exhibition, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China, April

2013

  • 1st ASEAN Biennial, Nanning, China, December
  • 2rd Wuhan Design Biennale, Wuhan, China, November
  • 3rd Beijing film Academy International New Media Arts Triennial Exhibition, Beijing, China, October
  • China Central Academy Of Fine Arts Agnès Varda's Award,Beijing, China, October
  • "Lost In Home"Tan Tan Experimental Film/Video Art, CCD Workstation, Beijing, China, August
  • The 10th Beijing Independent Film Festival, Beijing, China, August
  • "Lost in Home"Tan Tan Moving Image Exhibition+Improvised Music Concert, Jiali Gallery, Beijing, China, July
  • "Constelacion"videoarte en femenino,Calera de León, Spain,July
  • VJ&sound art+Matthieu Ha&Eric Bribosia, Wuhan, China, May
  • Experimental Film/Video 27th Image Forum Festival, Tokyo, Japan, April-May
  • 43th Tampere Film Festival-"Retrospective of Tan Tan", Tampere, Finland, March
  • "FestArt"exhibition of 43th Tampere Film Festival-"China Experience", Tampere, Finland, February
  • 2012
  • 4th "Festival Shadows"Chinese Independent Film Festival, Paris, France
  • "Eyeseverywhere: East and West Women Artists"exhibition, The Gallery of Hubei Academy of Fine Arts, Wuhan, China, June
  • 25th Images Festival, Toronto, Canada, April
  • 42th Tampere Film Festival, Tampere, Finland, March
  • 35th Göteborg International Film Festival, Göteborg, Sweden, January
  • 41th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, January

2011

  • "EXIM 2011"-Experimental Video Festival in Macao, China, December
  • 7th Culture and Art Festival of Songzhuang, Beijing, China, October
  • 8th China Independent Film Festival, Nanjing, China, October
  • 1st Shandong Video Art Exhibition-TCL Interactive Art, Jinan, China, October
  • ELLES TOURNENT - Women's Film Festival Brussels, Belgium, September “China New Design””Exhibition for Italy & China Culture Year, Triennale Design Museum of Milano, Palace Art Gallery of Torino, Italy, June
  • 3th China college Student 3 min Film Festival “Avant-Garde” section, Zhuhai, China, May
  • “MIX—BOX 3 4 5”New Media Art Exhibition, Chengdu, China, April--May
  • 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), Rotterdam, the Netherlands, January

2010

  • “Berliner Aids Hilfe”film festival,Berlin, Germany, November
  • “Boundless City” Wuhan in youth experimental video exhibition, Wuhan, China, November
  • The 2nd Beijing Film Academy New Media Art Triennial, Beijing, China, October
  • 7th China Independent Film Festival, Nanjing, China, October
  • Hubei Institute of Fine Arts's 90th anniversary Exhibition, Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China, October
  •  “New view of academy” Contemporary Art Exhibition, Fine Arts Literature Art Centre, Wuhan, China, October
  • "Everyone’s Donghu lake" Art project, Wuhan, China, July-August
  • "X SPACE" exhibition, Hubei Art Museum, Wuhan, China, July
  • 60th Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, February
  • Asian Art Top Show 2010, Beijing, China, February

Selected awards

  • The work <Lost In Home> won "The Best Exploration" Award at 5th XI'AN International video festival, Xi’an, China, October,2014
  • The work<positive> won a prize of "New Emerging Experimental Filmmaker Academy Awards" at The Second Beijing Film Acadamy New Media Art Triennial, Beijing, October, 2010
  • The documentary <A Disappearance Foretold>, for which I worked as a photographer, won the Scam International Award of the "Cinéma du Réel Film Festival 2008"
  • The film <Live> won the “The Best Experimental Film Award-professional group” at the Students Short Movie Competitionof 14th Beijing Student Film Festival, April, 2007

Works

Intermedia /multimedia art:

  • “Venize Biennale” (from 2015), photograph, performance, video, installation, sound art, web news
  • “Unknown Ritual”(from 2015), performance, film/video, photography, installation
  •  “Where is China”, web news art, Interactive installation 
  • “Water Fire Earth”(2014), video art, interactive installation, performance
  • “Lost In Home”(2013), film/video, photograph, performance, documentary film
  • “Mirage”(2010), photograph, performance, installation, documentary film
  • “Human Made”(2005), documentary film, performance

Performance/performing arts:

  • “1,000,000,000 mobile universes”(2015), performance, video, sound art, interactive art
  •  “The Dictionary of Soul” (2015), physical theatre
  • “Shadow/ Matter”, performance (2015), music/sound art
  • “Omnipresent”(2014), physical theater
  • “Genesis” (2014), sound art performance
  • “Improvised Alchemy”(2013), experimental music, dance 
  • VJ Performance with experimental jazz band “Mû” (2012-2014)
  • VJ Performance and sound art with Matthieu Ha&Eric Bribosia (2013)
  • VJ Performance with French band “Planetarium” (Rodolphe Burger&Yves Dormoy, 2009)
  • VJ Performance"Hypnogenetic Moments" with Anton Lustig (2009)

Experimental Film/Video Art:

“365nights, everyday has a teleplay” (2005), “Live” (2006), “song” (2007),“Spend 1 minute with 60 people” (2007), “Qian Men No.1 Hotel”(2008), “Positive”(2010), “Whose Eyes”(2011), “Lost In Home”(2013), ”Unknown Ritual No.1”(2016)

Documentary Films:

“Visiting” (2003), “Chinese Cabbage” (2007), “Game Time”(2009)