Exhibition

Cheng Ran - Diary of a Madman: Manchester Plan, New Bees

25 Oct 2019 – 12 Jan 2020

Regular opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 – 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 – 17:00
Thursday
10:00 – 17:00
Friday
10:00 – 17:00
Saturday
10:00 – 17:00
Sunday
10:00 – 17:00

Free admission

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Travel Information

  • Nearest bus station is Shudhill Exchange and Piccadilly Gardens is 5min walk
  • Nearest station is Victoria and Piccadilly is only 10min walk away

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CHENG RAN is a video artist working and living in Hangzhou, China. His latest work Diary of a Madman: Manchester Plan, New Bees, is a multi-channel installation that is filmed entirely in Greater Manchester, linking with the city and its people.

About

Diary of a Madman: Manchester Plan, New Bees, is based on Cheng Ran’s short-term residency at CFCCA and his research into Greater Manchester’s urban culture. It is a commissioned work which also serves as a new chapter in Cheng’s Diary of a Madman series; an ongoing project consisting of three parts, each filmed in a different city. These works were completed during short residencies in New York, Jerusalem and Hong Kong between 2016 – 2017, making the project a visual trilogy of a phantasmal journey across three vastly different cultural spheres. Manchester Plan, New Bees will continue this journey.

At the core of this project, Cheng Ran explores how we experience new cities and their unfamiliar geographies and living spaces, from the perspective of a visitor and a stranger. He examines how these experiences are often characterised by the allure of fantasy and the ‘unknown’ but can also cause isolation and a sense of ‘otherness’. He strives to challenge the boundaries of languages, creating surreal representations of the cities he visits.

Manchester Plan will begin with Cheng Ran’s personal interpretation of the city of Manchester based on memories, illusions, news and indirect experience. The work will consist of multi-screen unsynchronised videos, photography and installation sculptures. In addition, Cheng Ran introduces elements of live performance to highlight the importance of reciprocal relationships which exist between residents and outsiders within a city.

The project is a co-commission with the University of Salford Art Collection and videoclub.

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Curators

Marianna Tsionki

Exhibiting artists

Cheng Ran

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