谢丰嵘为上海外滩美术馆资深策展人。2009年加入上海外滩美术馆进行筹备开馆工作，同时与美术馆团队建立各项制度；2013年参与规划首届HUGO BOSS亚洲新锐艺术家大奖。随着美术馆在中国的发展与崛起，谢丰嵘关注机构角色的演变及自我批判，并探索艺术与观众之间关系及重新被定义的可能性，近期专注以表演作为方法，进行一系列的项目与讲座策划；同时积极促进跨文化、地区的对话，探索图像与历史生成机制。近年策划的项目包括：“行将消退——作品来自山德雷托·雷·雷包登戈收藏”（与拉瑞斯·弗洛乔共同策划，2018年，上海）、“告诉我一个故事：地方性与叙事”（与郑慧华共同策划，2018年，都灵山德雷托基金会）及“RAM HIGHLIGHT 2018：谁的身体？”（2018年，上海）。
An Opera for Animals is part of an on-going collaboration between the Rockbund Art Museum and Para Site, Hong Kong. For the Rockbund Art Museum, it is a project based on research that has sought to re-contextualise and question the formats and practices related to theatre, music and visual arts, especially in China and other regions in Asia.
This exhibition takes the history of different versions of opera as a departure point to explore both contemporary and traditional uses of performance, fantasy, and group spectacles in relationship to the environments that they inhabit. Like the complex history of the museum or exhibition, it has gradually developed into another collective ritual. Opera is considered as an immersive setting, whereby every detail of its design looks to guide the audience and their consideration of contemporary society.
During the public dialogue, the curators will exchange ideas related to the exhibition concept and strategies related to how they challenge the specificity of opera and its separation from the natural world. The curators will also be discussing the exhibition in relation to the wider curatorial collaboration between the two organizations.
Hsieh Feng-Rong is senior curator and founding staff member of Rockbund Art Museum; he joined Rockbund Art Museum in 2009 during its preparatory stage. He was the coordinator of the renovation process and implemented the institutional structure of the museum. In 2013, he got involved in founding the first HUGO BOSS ASIA ART award and was also the project manager for the award. With the rise and development of Arts Museum in China, Hsieh is concerned about the changing roles this institute should play and how it can retain its self-criticality. He continues to explore the relationships between arts and the audience and how these relationships can be redefined. Recently, he focuses on topics related to performance as method and has curated a series of talks and events along this line of thinking. Meanwhile, he hopes to inspire more cross-cultural and cross-regional conversations, furthering explorations of mechanism of visuality. Recent exhibitions curated by Hsieh include: “Walking on the Fade out Lines” (co-curated with Larys Frogier, 2018, Shanghai), “Tell Me a Story: Locality and Narrative” (co-curated with Amy Cheng, 2018, Fondazione Sandretto, Turin), “RAM HIGHLIGHT 2018: Is It My Body?” (2018, Shanghai).
Billy Tang is Senior Curator of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai. He joined the museum in Spring 2018. His previous projects have helped to introduce moving-image artists to new audiences in Mainland China, commissioning large-scale works of young artists, and curating projects that look to disrupt the architectural function and experience of the exhibition space. Other projects involve curating daily interventions that explore how art appears or is consumed by visitors—most recently at a restaurant in London. He has worked collaboratively with curators and writers to realize exhibitions of works by among others, Wang Bing, Liu Chuang, Lav Diaz, Li Jinghu, Yu Ji, Nabuqi, Yao Qingmei, Song Ta, and Trevor Yeung. In March 2019, he recently co-curated with director Larys Frogier the first institutional solo exhibition in China for the German conceptual artist Tobias Rehberger.
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