Beijing Xingwei

Contemporary Chinese Time-Based Art
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From cannibalism to light-calligraphy, from self-harming to animal sacrifice, from meat entwined with sex toys to a commodity-embedded ice wall, the idiosyncratic output of Chinese time-based art over the past twenty-five years has invigorated contemporary global art movements and conversation. In Beijing Xingwei, Meiling Cheng engages with such artworks created to mark China’s rapid social, economical, cultural, intellectual and environmental transformations in its post-Deng era.

Beijing Xingwei—itself a critical artwork with text and images unfolding through the author’s experiences with the mutable medium—contemplates the conundrum of creating site-specific ephemeral and performance-based artworks for global consumption. Here, Cheng shows us how art can reflect, construct, confound and enrich us. And at a moment when time is explicitly linked with speed and profit, Beijing Xingwei provides multiple alternative possibilities for how people with imagination can spend, recycle and invent their own time.


Beijing Xingwei is richly situated at the crossroads of Chinese and US politics and culture. This kind of cross-cultural knowledge, information, and insight is absolutely invaluable for the newly burgeoning ’global’ histories of contemporary art and performance to develop further.’ Amelia Jones, author of Body Art/Performing the Subject
There is no question in my mind that Cheng’s Beijing Xingwei will be one of the most significant new releases of the next decade.’ Laurie Beth Clark, University of Wisconsin–Madison
ISBN: 9780857420879
Pages: 510; 100 color plates, 36 halftones
Publication Year: January 2014
Size: 7.5" x 9"
Rights: UCP
Format: Paperback
Series: Enactments
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