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Of Disturbance

An exhibition and series of events by James Richards with Julia Heyward, Wu Tsang and Stuart Baker

9 May - 15 June 2014
Opening 8 May, 4-6 pm

Magician Space
798 East Road, 798 Art Zone
2 Jiuxianqiao Road
Chaoyang District
Beijing, China


Of Disturbance is a solo exhibition and screenings by James Richards with Stuart Baker, Julia Heyward and Wu Tsang, focusing on subjects such as the embodiment and relaying of material, honesty and directness, and appropriation. The project is curated by Richards and Fatima Hellberg (Electra).

Of Disturbance is the first manifestation of Electra's ongoing work with Richards on a new sound and text-based work, which will have its first exhibition in a solo show by Richards at Kunstverein München in January 2015.

In its exhibition form, Of Disturbance brings together two works by James Richards, Untitled (Cinema Programme) and The Misty Suite. Here the texture, weight and feel of images and sounds are worked and reworked: a slow and precisely arbitrary process, which introduces a level of emotional charge and desire into materials and their connections. Untitled (Cinema Programme) is an 18-minute video assemblage from 2006 that navigates a symbolic and fragmentary score of images and sounds, layered with composer Arvo Pärt's Passus (1982) and a recording of a friend of the artist reading extracts from John Giorno's poem Completely Attached to Delusion (1981). The Misty Suite (2009), the second video work, steps in and out of definition; with close attention to zoom speeds, the camera taking us closer to and gradually beyond representation, pushing images and signs into a space of uncertainty: an insistence on friction and slowing down, and attentiveness to forms of knowing and feeling, working beyond the immediacy of direct communication.

The touring screening and conversation includes still and moving images:
James Richards, Not Blacking Out, Just Turning the Lights Off, 2011/12
Practice Theory, 2006
Julia Heyward, Shake Daddy Shake, 1976
Wu Tsang, The Shape of a Right Statement, 2008
Stuart Baker, Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, 1988


Saturday 3 May, 7pm
UCCA, Beijing
4 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing, China

Saturday 10 May, 4pm
OCAT Xi'An and the Xi'An Academy of Fine Arts (10am - 4pm)
Beichitou Yi Lu, Yanta District, Xi'an, China

Tuesday 13 May, 7pm
OCAT Shenzhen
Enping Road,Overseas Chinses Town, Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China

Saturday 17 May, 1:30pm
Asia Society, Hong Kong, in collaboration with the ICA
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong

About the Artists

James Richards (born 1983, Cardiff, Wales) lives and works in Berlin. Recent and current solo exhibitions include: The Screens, Rodeo, Istanbul, Turkey (2013); James Richards, Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu, Japan (2012); and Not Blacking Out, Just Turning The Lights Off, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2011). Recent group exhibitions include: The Encyclopaedic Palace, 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice (2013); Meanwhile... Suddenly and Then, 12th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2013); Otherwise Unexplained Fires, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden (2013); and Frozen Lakes, Artist Space, New York, USA (2013).

Julia Heyward's work centers around the orchestration of music, image, and language in the forms of multimedia, performance, and new media. Julia's No Local Stops won a BESSIE for outstanding performance of the year (1984) presented by DTW New York Dance and Theater Award. Julia has written, produced, and performed in all of her multimedia works notably two other large scale multimedia performances entitled Mood Music (premiered May 1988) and Miracles in Reverse (premiered in Potsdam, Germany, 1996).

Wu Tsang was born in 1982 in Massachusetts and is a Los Angeles based filmmaker, artist, and performer. His projects have been presented at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London; the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the New Museum, New York. In 2012, he participated in the Whitney Biennial and New Museum Triennial, New York; Gwangju Biennial, South Korea and the Liverpool Biennial.





Image: Julia Heyward, Shake Daddy Shake (1976), courtesy of the artist