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Change-Seed (改變種子):
Contemporary Art from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

WHAT & WHEN: Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) invites artists in Asia to submit work for consideration for a group exhibitions occurring in Seattle, Washington, as part of our Change-Seed exhibition series.

WHERE: For almost 35 years, CoCA has spearheaded the region’s thinking on contemporary art, featuring early exhibitions by James Turrell, Chris Burden, Nam June Paik; performances by Nirvana; and readings by William S. Burroughs. CoCA was among the first few U.S. venues (and the first outside a museum or commercial gallery) to include Chinese contemporary art pioneer Zhang Huan’s work in a group show titled Emotional Rescue. Today it remains true to its origins as an alternative, artist-run space devoted to the exploration of ideas.

THEMES: The exhibition explores differences of autonomy, freedom of expression, language, the blurring of design and fine art, and identity politics in Asia (with special attention to China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, but inclusive of other countries as well). All work is insured during exhibition and will be returned unless sold.

To avoid excessive shipping expenses, the organizers primarily seek:

  • Works on paper (drawing especially; please consider rolling canvases in tubes)
  • Photography
  • Cartoons, anime
  • Video
  • Installation art with instructions for common items that can be assembled by volunteers in Seattle according to specifications

Application Process

* Be sure to select submission category: “Artists Living in Asia”
* Upload texts, images
* Accepted work must be shipped by artists. CoCA insures work during exhibition.
* Accepted artists will be asked to submit a standard Loan Agreement and make arrangement to receive payment


Curated by David Francis, PhD, Curator at Tacoma Museum of Glass,
David is based in Hong Kong until August 25, 2014 and happy to meet personally. (852) 9689-4343

The terms “seed” and “change,” convey the central metaphors of this exhibition: that the practice of contemporary art in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and elsewhere in Asia, are currently undergoing extremely rapid development as the world’s primary economic force shifts toward Asia in the 21st century. Moreover, the Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) was turned over to China in 1997 after 150 years of colonial rule by Great Britain and today operates under the policy of “one country, two systems” (reiterated in the June 10, 2014 white paper). Taiwan (“Taiwan Province”) is also claimed by China and continues to weave a narrow path of ambiguity and autonomy. Cartoon art also flourished in Hong Kong and Taiwan from 1985 – 1995 and continues to exert a populist, low-brow influence today.

While art communities in the United States are increasingly interested in contemporary art from China (Ai Wei Wei is a celebrity), very few understand or recognize the differences between the mainland, the SARs, and Taiwan. Change-Seed seeks to update American audiences on more recent developments in the Asian art world scene.

CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art

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