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Art in Their Own Backyard: A Conversation with Lin Tianmiao and Wang Gongxin

Beijing was home to high-energy experimental art practices, including Beijing East Village performances and apartment art, in the 1990s. The practices that were critical of their socio-political context are often referred to today as underground art. How did underground networks function, and how did censorship affect their operation and production? In this conversation, the artists Lin Tianmiao and Wang Gongxin, who are husband and wife, reflect on the self-organized art activities in which they were involved in the 1990s, including those in their own backyard. Their LOFT art space in Beijing was a place for exchanging ideas about experimental art and played a crucial role in welcoming foreign curators to China.

Lin and Wang, leading figures in fiber art and new media art, respectively, have lived between New York and Beijing since the late 1980s and have exhibited widely in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. In this conversation, they reflect upon the changes in their understanding of what it means to be an artist since they moved to New York. Lin and Wang’s experiences in the artworld speak to the changes in their profession that Chinese artists have witnessed over the past 30 years.

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Wang Gongxin 王功新

Artist Wang Gongxin (born in Beijing, China, 1960) is an artist who lives and works in Beijing. Wang graduated with a BA from Capital Normal University in Beijing (1982) and... Read more »
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Yu-Chieh Li

Former Andrew W. Mellon C-MAP Fellow at The Museum of Modern Art Yu-Chieh Li was the Andrew W. Mellon C-MAP Fellow for the C-MAP Asia group from October 2013 to September 2015. At the Museum, she was a co-editor of post and organized... Read more »
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Lin Tianmiao 林天苗

Artist Lin Tianmiao (born in Taiyuan Shanxi Province, China, 1961) is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Beijing, China. Lin graduated from Capital Normal University in... Read more »
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Art in Their Own Backyard: A Conversation with Lin Tianmiao and Wang Gongxin

Beijing was home to high-energy experimental art practices, including Beijing East Village performances and apartment art, in the 1990s. The practices that were critical of their socio-political context are often referred to today as underground art. How did underground networks function, and how did censorship affect their operation and production? In this conversation, the artists Lin Tianmiao and Wang Gongxin, who are husband and wife, reflect on the self-organized art activities in which they were involved in the 1990s, including those in their own backyard. Their LOFT art space in Beijing was a place for exchanging ideas about experimental art and played a crucial role in welcoming foreign curators to China.

Lin and Wang, leading figures in fiber art and new media art, respectively, have lived between New York and Beijing since the late 1980s and have exhibited widely in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. In this conversation, they reflect upon the changes in their understanding of what it means to be an artist since they moved to New York. Lin and Wang’s...

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Beijing was home to high-energy experimental art practices, including Beijing East Village performances and apartment art, in the 1990s. The practices that were critical of their socio-political context are often referred to today as underground art. How did underground networks function, and how did censorship affect their operation and production? In this conversation, the artists Lin Tianmiao and Wang Gongxin, who are husband and wife, reflect on the self-organized art activities in which they were involved in the 1990s, including those in their own backyard. Their LOFT art space in Beijing was a place for exchanging ideas about experimental art and played a crucial role in welcoming foreign curators to China.

Lin and Wang, leading figures in fiber art and new media art, respectively, have lived between New York and Beijing since the late 1980s and have exhibited widely in North America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. In this conversation, they reflect upon the changes in their understanding of what it means to be an artist since they moved to New York. Lin and Wang’s experiences in the artworld speak to the changes in their profession that Chinese artists have witnessed over the past 30 years.

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