Alvin Luong is an artist working with video andinstallation that convey fabricated personas and stories. The artist harnesses techniques used in mass media and entertainment to create satirical dialogues dealing current issues such as gentrification, climate, and war. Some of the institutions that the artist has shown work at include Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography ( Toronto, Canada), TIFF ( Toronto, Canada), Sluice( London, UK), and Freie Kunstakademie Baden-Württemberg ( Fellbach, Germany). The artist is co-director of Bunker2 Contemporary Art Container a non-profit artspace in Toronto for experimental culture, and founder of Bad Debt a political economy workshop based in Toronto with Verso Books.
On Saturday, Spetember 29, 2018, Inside-Out Art Museum will collaborate with the Institute of Provocation for the first time to co-host a public event. Current artist and researcher in residence at the IOAM Art Residency Program will present at the Institute of Provocation their research and practice during September. Titled “Collisions and Conspiracy”, Canadian artist Alvin Luong will share his video works and his methodology in art making, especially his on-going art work based on a Brecht’s play during his stay in Beijing. Peng Weihua, graduating with a BA and MA in Oil Painting from the Central Academy of Fine Arts will mainly focuses her talk on the artistic careers of the art couple Lin Gang and Pang Tao. In line with the academic agenda of the Inside-Out Art Museum, these two talks epitomize the intellectual perspectives of historical studies and contemporary art making.
Collisions and Conspiracy
Speaker: Alvin Luong
Venue: Institute for Provocation
Alvin Luong is a ruthless business mogul, an internet fitness instructor, an engineer in a romantic relationship with his home, Richard Serra, and more recently, a race car trapped in a human body, and yellow faced agents from the USSR. Luong fabricates personas and stories by colliding various elements from biography, history, and contemporary events. The artist’s personas and stories are positioned somewhere in between reality and fiction, familiar and foreign, and humorous and tragic. Luong’s work creates contradictions out of moments of comedy, profoundness, and absurdity from living life under various conditions of governance, culture, and economics. The artist will share his strategies of production, discuss his projects, and preview work-in-progress produced while in Beijing as artist-in-residence at Inside Out Art Museum.
About the Institute for Provocation
Institute for Provocation (IFP) is a Beijing based independent art organization and project space founded in 2010. Combining the study of theory and artistic practice, IFP aims to combine cross-disciplinary knowledge and stimulate cultural exchange and production in a collective approach. IFP organizes and advocates various kinds of activities, including artist residency, research project, discussion, exhibition making, workshop, publication, etc.