Zhou Tao, North of the Mountains, 2019, 4K video, color, sound, 89 minutes.

Zhou Tao

Guangdong Times Museum | 广东时代美术馆

In the beginning, there is the body. When we first become aware of it, as infants, it is our everything; then it becomes what allows us, through play, to discover our connection to everything else. So much of Zhou Tao’s early work is body oriented, as this survey exhibition reveals. In Mutual Exercise, 2009—essentially the video documentation of a performance that took place throughout the streets of Guangzhou—two young men carry each other around, taking turns playacting as either passive object or active subject. They lift each other’s bodies and arrange them in absurd positions and situations as people pass by, oblivious of the spectacle. Like the seemingly senseless games of children learning to relate, these playful positionings are acts of pure doing. Become like a child. Place yourself in a city, in a scene, see what happens when you do something in it, to it. Create a world without

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