Curator: Raúl Zamudio (United States/Mexico)
Artists：41158 (Spain), Carlos Amorales (Mexico), Bill Berry (United States), Pasha Radetzki (Belarus), Stuart Croft (United Kingdom), Gabriel de la Mora (Mexico), Joseph Delappe (United States), Patrick Hamilton (Chile)，Kim Hee Sook (Korea)，Sang Woo Koh (Korea)， Yuliya Lanina (Russia)，Jani Leinonen (Finland)，Teemu Maki (Finland)，Ferran Martin (Spain), Emma McCagg (United States), Damian Ontiveros Ramirez (Mexico), Kelly Richardson (United Kingdom/Canada), Riiko Sakkinen (Finland), Joaquin Segura (Mexico), Teresa Serrano (Mexico), Svai and Paul Stanikas (Lithuania), Jorge Tacla (Chile), Abdul Vas (Spain/Venezuela), Matt Tackett, (United States), Wojtek Ulrich (Poland), Bae Yiluo (China)
Dates: August 15 to September 12, 2009
Venue: T Art Center, 798 Art Zone, Beijing, China
Prosthetics, facelifts, sex changes, skin lighteners, tanning booths—these are just some of the myriad bodily alterations via technology at the disposal of humans today. As such, do these physical, ontological modifications only make age-old questions of the self obsolete or, on the other hand, more complicated? The Man Who Fell to Earth is an exhibition that explores the mutating corporeal self and the fluidity of subjectivity in a futuristic present where life’s exceeding acceleration via technology has exponentially exacerbated social alienation.
The exhibition, The Man Who Fell to Earth, takes its cue from Walter Tevis’ similarly titled novel. Tevis’ science fiction tale concerns an interplanetary visitor who comes to Earth looking for H2O for his water-depleted planet. In order to deflect attention from his extraterrestrial nature, the intergalactic being disguises himself as a human generically named Thomas Jerome Newton. This reciprocal morphing between homo sapiens and space alien is metaphorically articulated in the exhibition in numerous ways not limited to canine/anthropomorphic graphing, humanoid/robotic interfacing, and transgender/racial shape-shifting. The Man Who Fell to Earth explores the metamorphosis of race, gender, flora and fauna within the backdrop of ecological apocalypse and is artistically articulated in diverse media including painting, photography, sculpture, works-on-paper, video, performance, installation, and sound works.
Patrick Hamilton, "Thriller"
Joseph DeLappe, "America's Army"
Kelly Richardson, "Exiles of the Shattered Star"
Ulrich Wojtek, "Scum"
Abdul Vas,"Barry Times"
Teresa Serrano,"Wonder Woman", video installation
Joaquin Segura,"The Inaugural Address", mixed-media
Jorge Tacla,"Hiding Identities"
Kim Haesook,"Detail", oil on canvas
Koh Sang Woo,"Sweat Dream"
Damian Ontiveros Ramirez, "A Million of Good Reasons"
Jani Leinonen, "Coulrophobia'