Vanguard gallery

Zhu Changquan’s solo exhibition “Head without Brain”





Head Without Brain


Artist: Zhu Changquan

Duration: 11 January – 02 April, 2017

Opening:  Jan 11, 17:00- 19:00

Address: Rm204, Bldg 4A, 50 Moganshan Rd, Shanghai Vanguard Gallery

Tel: 86 21 62993523


From 1987, the year Internet entered China, it’s less than 10 years sincethe civil Internet information’s explosion occurred. Before the arrival ofself-media, our brains were not overwhelmed by images, sounds and words. We could easily respond to television’s single output, just talking about the pictures. Within self-media people began to participate in the free expressions of themselves. The long-standing suppression of emotions were released. It seemed that “everyone’s self-awareness” was closer to reality which also aroused the growth of new values. People were getting rid of the impact of the former to look for a new way to express their life. Media produced continuously for the public fast consumption in the name of culture. Thus,thinking became a story; consciousness became a landscape; thought became acelebrity.


In this regard, we should choose “obedience” but stay pessimistic which means to recapture the space in brain filled with information and get back the missing quality that we should have in order to establish anindependent ecosystem for autonomy. This requires a stronger processor to hyperlink massive images, sounds and words, so as to achieve the true sense ofself-awareness. The artist hopes to provide an autonomous way through the sceneof images in order to release the viewer’s own accumulated experience.


截帧 Clip: 有头无脑 —现在  Head Without Brain - At Present | 1920x1080p | 8‘, 2016
Clip:  Head Without Brain – At Present | 1920x1080p | 8‘, 2016



Brain means thoughtful, strong-minded, discerning, flexible, having theirown unique way of doing things and the ability to organize clues, free from universal hedonism, entirely above the general human. But “head without brain”means none of the above, only represents nothing and occupied with huge amountsof information. Can’t combs out their own thinking from that, in a completely unconscious state of chaos. This type of image is relatively simple, still, mediocre. The original state of the world’s most primary component is mediocre.Once reset, it is easier to create a new space where there are mountains,water, lightning and all elements can create a new life. The two videos and installation make the audience exposed to 1254-2016 this 700 years of time. Let time stand still and spread their own knowledge, picking them up arbitrarily to combine into issues.


Zhu Changquan was born in Shandong in 1989. He graduated from theExperimental Image studio, School of Inter-media Art, China Art Academy. ZhuChangquan currently lives and works in Hangzhou and Shanghai. He wants toanalysis the influence of a variety of potential factors in the daily behavior to reveal the rule of daily life, He believes that the effectiveness of the image is not originates from the significance of itself, but due to the irpotential strength, and it can release the viewer’s own experience, and it can work more consciously in this big social machine. This is the first solo exhibition of the artist.



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