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Book Launch: Alternatives to Ritual – Exhibition as a Medium in China

The Department for Culture and Education (DCAE) of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai is delighted to announce the launch of the Alternatives to Ritual publications in Chinese and English/German

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

Examining a number of artistic practices emerging in recent years that reflect on the ritual ofexhibiting 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 whatfunction curatorial practice in our current context should perform.

This book has been published in conjunction with the exhibition Alternatives to Ritual presentedby Goethe Open Space in Shanghai organized by the Department for Culture and Education of theConsulate 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,

Xiaoyu Weng and Biljana Ciric.

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 andthe Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Manchester, UK while the Chinese version is published by the Department for Culture and Education (DCAE) of the General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in Shanghai and beebup publishing house



Edited by Biljana Ciric

Design by Toby Tam

Proofreading: Alistair Small and Juliane Steinbrecher

Translation: Wu Chunyun and Julia Buddeberg

Language: English/German and Chinese version

Chinese publication distributed by beebup

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

Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai

Free admission


What have been said and What to be said- Exhibition Making as a Knowledge Field to Comewith 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 3rd 2014, 7pm

Archive Kabinett

Dieffenbachstraу 31, Berlin


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

(During all events above publications will be sold on a special price)