Alternatives to Ritual: Book Launch

On 04/03/2014 by CFCCA Administrator

Alternatives to Ritual, both as an exhibition and a publication, attempts to look at the crises in exhibition making and curatorial practice by proposing a reconstruction of the relationships between artists, institution and curator through exploring the exhibition format.

Examining a number of artistic practices emerging in recent years that reflect on the ritual of exhibiting presented throughout this exhibition, as well as through a number of commissioned texts. This publication proposes a new understanding of what an exhibition can constitute, as well as what function curatorial practice in our current context should perform.

This book has been published in conjunction with the exhibition Alternatives to Ritual presented by Goethe Open Space in Shanghai organized by the Department for Culture and Education of the Consulate General of Germany between September 2012 and March 2013

The Publications provides in depth examination of the works by Gao Mingyan, Hu Yun, Li Ran, Song Tan, Lu Pingyuan and Hu Xiangqian.

With contributions by: Nikita Yingqian Cai, Lu Jing, Shen Boliang, Su Wei, Yang Beichen and Xiaoyu Weng.

Alternatives to Ritual_english cover picture

The English/German version of the publication is co-published by the Department for Culture and Education (DCAE) of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester, UK

Edited by Biljana Ciric

Design by Toby Tam

Proofreading: Alistair Small and Juliane Steinbrecher

Translation: Wu Chunyun and Julia Buddeberg

Language: English/German

English/german distribution by Cornerhouse Publications




Book will have number of launch events including following:


March 17th 2014 7pm (this event will be only in english)

Add:M on the bund ( Part of the International Literary Festival)

Ticket admission: 75 RMB

Participants:, Claus Heimes, Gao Mingyan,Lu Jing and Biljana Ciric


March 21st 19:00-21:00(this event will be only in chinese)

Add: 133 Yuanmingyuan road YWCA 2F

RockbundArt Museum, Shanghai

Free admission

What have been said and What to be said- Exhibition Making as a Knowledge Field to Come- with co-launch of the following publications: No Ground Underneath-Curating on the Nexus of Change( published by Times Museum), and recently translated Curating Subject publication ( published by Times Museum)

Conversation on some of the fundamental issues related exhibition making will be held between editors of the publications Biljana Ciric, Carol Yinghua Lu and Nikita Yingqian Cai


April 3d 2014 (final date TBD)

Archive Kabinett

Dieffenbachstraße 31, Berlin

Discussion between Biljana Ciric, Hu Yun and Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga

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