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Art of Change: New Directions from China @ Southbank Centre

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Art of Change
I've never been one for art galleries. While I can appreciate the skill that goes into paintings and other works of art, I just can't get enthusiastic about staring at a picture for several minutes, only to then move on and do the same with the next. I might think the artwork is very good, and might even like to have it hanging up on my wall at home, but I would never feel the need to scrutinise it with detail. One quick glance so I know what it looks like and I'm done. Nothing more to see.

I think that is why I like animation so much. It's art that moves. Something actually changes, so there is a reason to keep looking. If you're like me, then the current exhibition at the Hayward Gallery might be of interest.

Art of Change: New Directions from China is a 'groundbreaking' exhibit with dynamic displays. The artwork does not only move, but is, in some cases, alive as well.

The exhibition is like a time capsule of Chinese performing art. Each artist will have an array of work which they have created during their career, so you can see the journey between their first artistic venture to the work they are currently doing today.

New Directions From China is all about change; it explores transformation, instability and discontinuity through action and movement. Examples include a floating man, a dancing hose pipe, and structures made out of living silk worms.

The exhibit lasts until Sunday the 9th December and costs 10 plus booking fees.

Check out this video for a preview.

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Why? See art that moves
When: 7th Sept - 9th Dec
Phone: 0844 875 0073
Where: Hayward Gallery
Cost: Adult - 10, Seniors - 9, Students - 8, 12-18s - 7.50
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