After a year of in-depth communication and exploration, twenty-eight artists were selected, along with two art organizations and three artist groups: the exhibition Unlived by What is Seen, curated by the artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu and independent curator Cui Cancan, will take place simultaneously for three months at Galleria Continua Beijing, Pace Gallery Beijing and Tang Contemporary Art Center.
As contemporary art becomes more institutionalized, Unlived by What is Seen examines what happens to art as it transforms into experiential and discursive transactions. It also questions modes of art production that cater to established, effective but effete systems of circulation. One significant feature is that none of the artists made their work to be housed inside the exhibition space. As artists address their needs and confusion through action, what remains to be seen is evidence or crystallization of these activities that have taken place elsewhere, in another time, and under a different intensity.