The Xijing Men: Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Chen Shaoxiong and Gimhongsok

February 2 - April 2

Overview

The Xijing Men: Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Chen Shaoxiong and Gimhongsok
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Installation view
Xijing Men, video still of "I Love Xijing - The Urban Planning of Xijing," 2009
KCAI Students in collaboration with the Xijing Men
Opening reception
Artist talk
 
The H&R Block Artspace and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas presented the first North American exhibition by the Xijing Men, the internationally renowned, project-based collaborative team of Tsuyoshi Ozawa (Japan), Chen Shaoxiong (China) and Gimhongsok (Korea).
 
The Xijing Men hail, conceptually, from the fictitious city of Xijing, an imaged political entity in East Asia. The term Xijing is composed of Chinese characters meaning "western capital" (the city's name would be saikyō in Japanese and suhkyung in Korean). The word play has roots in the names of real cities: Beijing ("northern capital"), Nanjing ("southern capital") and Tokyo, known in Chinese as Donjing ("eastern capital").
 
Since 2006, the Xijing Men have used humor, satire, sarcasm and absurdity to create elaborate performances, drawings, photographs and objects that explore the imagined history, politics, economics and culture of this legendary place.
 
The exhibition surveyed previous work and unveiled "I Love Xijing: The Xijing School," new work created during the artist in residency in Kansas CityJanuary 23 thru February 3, 2013. Select Kansas City Art Institute students were chosen to collaborate and create with the Xijing Men culminating in an installation and video.
 
This exhibition was generously funded by the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the William T. Kemper Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Checklist

 

 
Chapter One – “Do You Know Xijing?”
 
Do You Know Xijing? (Hainan Island, China)
single-channel video, 8:00
 
Do You Know Xijing? (Youngjong Island, Korea)
single-channel video, 8:00
 
Do You Know Xijing? (Okinawa, Japan)
single-channel video, 8:00
 
 
Chapter Two – “This is Xijing”
 
This is Xijing—Journey to the West, 2008
(Seoul version)
single-channel video, 28:54
 
This is Xijing—Journey to the West, 2008
(Liverpool version)
single-channel video, 09:18
 
This is Xijing—Journey to the West, 2008
(Nagoya version)
single channel video, 09:00
 
 
Chapter Three “Welcome to Xijing” (Part One)
 
Welcome to Xijing—The Xijing Olympics, 2008
single-channel video, projected, 34:58
 
 
Chapter Three “Welcome to Xijing” (Part Two)
 
Welcome to Xijing—Xijing Immigration Control, 2012
Single-channel video, 14:07
 
I Love Xijing—The Daily Life of Xijing Presidents, 2009
single-channel video, 17:00
 
 
Chapter Four “I Love Xijing”
 
Xijing School, 2012
single-channel video, 26:36
multimedia installation
 
 
 “I Love Xijing”
Xijing Drawings, 2007- 2011
Graphite/ink on paper

 

Events

January 31 Thu
February 1 Fri
April 2 Tue

Press

Press Release

The H&R Block Artspace to Present the Xijing Men
KCAI Website |
Thu, 2013-01-17

Since forming in 2006, the Xijing Men have staged scenarios drawing heavily on absurdity, satire, sarcasm, and humor.

Selected Press

Welcome to Quirky Xijing
The Kansas City Star |
Sun, 2013-02-17

These multinational artists create a fictional country that becomes a means of commenting on serious issues with humor.

Speaking the Language of Art at First Friday
The Kansas City Star |
Thu, 2013-01-31

Xijing Men touch on serious topics through tongue-in-cheek works.

KCUR |
Tue, 2013-01-29

Kansas City Art Institute students experienced cross-cultural communication through art during a Sunday workshop with visiting artists at the H&R Block Artspace.