Crimes without a Scene: On Revisiting Two Conceptual Practices from the Early 1990s. A lecturer by Carol Yinghua Lu


Carol Yinghua examines two artistic practices in the period 1988 to 1996: that of the Beijing-based artist group New Measurement Group and of the Shanghai-based artist Qian Weikang.

Both represent important examples early conceptual practices starting at the end of the 1980s and play a significant role in the history of contemporary art in China. After 1996, Qian Weikang withdrew completely from the art world. Two members of New Measurement Group also ceased their artistic practice. In most existing historical accounts these two practices have barely been recorded, as the artists destroyed the majority of their works and documentation in 1996. The talk will present an overview of the challenges and relevance of historical reenactments that took place without the involvement of the artists and almost in opposition to their original intention to end their work by removing traces of their existence.  



Carol Yinghua Lu is an art critic, curator based in Beijing and a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Melbourne. She is a contributing editor at Frieze and is on the advisory board of The Exhibitionist. Lu served as co-artistic director of the 2012 Gwangju Biennale and co-curator of the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale in 2012. From 2012 to 2015, she was the artistic director and chief curator of OCAT Shenzhen. In collaboration with the artist Liu Ding, she is in the process of researching into the legacy of Socialist Realism in the practice and historical narrative of contemporary art in China. They co-edited and co-authored Reef: A Prequel (Maastricht: Bonnefantenmuseum, 2015), Little Movements: Self-Practices in Contemporary Art, Little Movements II: Self-Practices in Contemporary Art (both Cologne: Walther König, 2013), and other books.


Free admission with advance registration.

The talk is part of the first session of the conference.