This interview was conducted in Tang Song's Studio, Hangzhou on 27 November 2009.


Tang Song studied at the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts (now the China Academy of Art) during the 1980s. He is noted for his collaboration with the artist Xiao Lu in the ‘China/Avant-Garde Exhibition’ on 5 February 1989 at the National Art Museum of China. At this exhibition Xiao shot at her own work, Dialogue. However, Tang, mistaken as the shooter, was arrested until Xiao confessed to her gunshot. Both artists were subsequently detained. Tang and Xiao immigrated to Australia in December of that year, but have since returned to China.




In 2006, Asia Art Archive began a focused archiving project called 'Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990'. This project aimed at developing a comprehensive collection of primary research materials including books, periodicals, newspapers, exhibition brochures, invitations, video recordings, correspondence, and other relevant documents. 

As part of this project, AAA digitised more than 80,000 items of material from personal archives to include artists Mao Xuhui, Wu Shanzhuan, Zhang Xiaogang, and Zhang Peili; curators and critics Fei Dawei, Lu Peng, and Zheng Shengtian; as well as the archives of Tokyo Art Gallery. As part of the research process over 75 in-depth interviews with key artists, curators, and critics were conducted. From a portion of these interviews, AAA created a documentary film about experimental art in South China (Guangzhou) in the 1980s entitled From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s.

AAA’s 1980s archiving project culminated with the launch of a comprehensive website portal called www.china1980s.org in September 2010.

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Interview with Tang Song (Transcript, Simplified Chinese), 訪問:唐宋(抄本, 簡體中文)