About The Stage

Project Concept

"Taking the Stage Over" is a dynamic, year-long exhibition that attempts through series of events, situations, and happenings to activate an important chapter in the history of contemporary art of the last decade. The artists featured in this year-long ongoing exhibition will develop their own projects related to the stage and its various manifestations at multiple sites throughout Shanghai.


Over the span of one year, “Taking the Stage Over” will offer a series of artists projects that look at live art, performance, theater, situations, actions and other live aspects in art. Each of the artists presented in this project have developed their own specific approach to live art that varies from using actors and staging projects in a theatre setting, to organizing happenings with an emphasis on the participatory character of the events.

The proposed series of projects and culminating exhibition, intend to examine and present new tendencies in contemporary art today from a global perspective, including central figures from the art world that question the traditional notion of live art and challenge the way art is usually perceived. All the artist’s projects have as a main characteristic the ability to create conditions of experiencing work which could be rarely seen in a traditional white cube concept.

For more than a decade, live based work has been marginalized by many art institutions, consequently there are increasingly fewer platforms that are willing to explore this field. “Taking the Stage Over” aims to raise awareness and open up a discussion about this phenomenon at a local level in China, showing the current state of live based art today and forecasting its possible developments in the future. In addition, this project will for the first time bring together into this discussion global aspects of live based art, events, situations, and performances including those from Asia and the Pacific region. Each artist's/collective's project contains site-specific elements that has been developed over the time.

“Taking The Stage Over” details

Various groups of artists over the last 10 years have developed art practices in many different directions that have introduced a multitude of possibilities and layers to the meaning of traditional live based art. These different waves of exploration will be presented through 10 individual projects as a part of “Taking The Stage Over,” giving artists a stage-based setting to explore such creative possibilities, with each part of the project to be presented in a different venue.  Depending on the nature of the projects they will be presented in different venues including theatres, museums, and public spaces. Each month starting from March one artist’s project will be presented on the last weekend of the month. Additionally, there will be an artist’s lecture organized after the events, including screenings in order to give an in depth understanding of artist’s practice.

About Curator

Biljana Ciric graduated from East China Normal University in Shanghai with a M.A in Art history. She was the director of the Curatorial Department at the Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art and the China networking curator for the 2006 Singapore Biennale. Her ambitious ongoing project Migration Addicts was presented at the 52nd Venice Biennale in the 2007 Collateral Events and in the Shenzhen/Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture. Her exhibition projects include Strategies from Within - Contemporary Art Practices in Vietnam and Cambodia (Ke Center of Contemporary Arts) and a major retrospective of Yoko Ono (Ke Center for Contemporary Art, Guangdong Museum of Art). Ciric was the curator of the public art project intrude 366 in 2008 and curated History in Making: Shanghai 1979-2009, 30 Years Retrospective of Shanghai Contemporary Culture in 2009. Her recent projects are Contemporaneity –Contemporary Art of Indonesia will be presented at Shanghai’s MoCA and Body as a Museum at Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm currently on the view. She is regular contributor for Yi Shu Journal, Flash Art and other art publications.

Her recent book contributions include Playing by the Rules: Alternative Thinking/Alternative spaces published by Apexart NY,  as well series of publication related to Shanghai Contemporary Art from 1979-2009.First book among series History in Making: Shanghai 1979-2009 Artists Interviews and Work Archive was published by Shanghai Peoples Fine Arts Publishing House in 2010. Upcoming publication is Shanghai 1979-2009:History of Exhibitions in English and Chinese.

Currently she is working as an independent curator based in Shanghai.