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 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
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