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Feng Lin, One Million a Year Plan, 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable. From “Unlived by What Is Seen,” 2014–15.

“Unlived by What Is Seen”

Tang Contemporary Art | Beijing 当代唐人艺术中心

Feng Lin, One Million a Year Plan, 2013, mixed media, dimensions variable. From “Unlived by What Is Seen,” 2014–15.

“Unlived by What Is Seen,” the awkward and ambiguous English version of this exhibition’s Chinese title, may suggest a kind of annulment of visual experience. A more literal translation would be “(Artists’) Actions Beyond Visual Production.” In other words, one should not expect to find any conventional qualifying tropes or definitions of the art object in this show. “Unlived by What Is Seen” recalls Harald Szeemann’s legendary exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bern in 1969, “Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form.” Sharing a similar impulse to act against the materialization, commercialization, and gentrification of artistic practice, the curators sought out artists whose practices are not only inspired by their lived experience but also act to restore artistic practice to its origin and greater context, everyday life.

Noting the ever-increasing materialism of the contemporary

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