Alter///scrinium. 10 Theses Of The Architecture. Screening Part 2011
Zhenchen Liu. Under Construction
  • Director: Zhenchen Liu

    Born in 1976 in Shanghai. Lives and works in Paris and Shanghai.

    Selected group exhibitions:
    2010  —  “Kaleidoscope”  —  Galerie Bribox, Paris
    2008 — Zhenchen Liu: Shanghai Shanghai — Ottawa City Hall Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON

    Selected group exhibitions:
    2009 — Videonale 12 — Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
    2007 — Panorama 8 — Présumes Coupables — Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains, Tourcoing
    2005 — 11ème Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement — Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Geneva

2007,  10 min.
Alter///scrinium. 10 Theses Of The Architecture. Screening Part

Courtesy of the Artist and Le Fresnoy Studio National des art contemporains

Since modern China is one of the most dynamically developing counties, the largest cities of the Celestial Empire have significantly changed their look for the last 20 years. Colossal city planning projects remodel centuries-old architectural landscapes of Chinese megalopolis cities in a new way, creating an eclectic image of economic advances. Often such projects traumatize old districts citizens, who have to leave their homes and radically change their lifestyle they have grown used to.

Some years ago in Shanghai, one of the largest world cities, they started old city reconstruction, the largest in history. Every year a part of liv- ing quarters with thousands of citizens is demolished in order to make space for new objects construction. Old city residents are transferred to new houses that is a serious ordeal. Progress development cannot invade in personal space of ordinary people since it has tragic outcome. Zhenchen Liu’s movie tells us about Shanghai reconstruction in somewhat surreal manner, combining unique animation and documentary shots of people who suffered from this city planning policy. The viewers will find themselves in demolished districts that look like apocalypses remnants.