AAA presents ‘Keywords School’ by Chinese artist Xu Tan. The ‘Keywords School’ is a workshop event based on the artist’s continuous investigation and research project ‘Searching for Keywords’, in which he studies the connections between individuals, words and the mental tendencies of a society through intensive conversations and discussions. Taking ‘school’ as the interactive platform, Xu will speak with participants, using ‘keywords’ that he has chosen and gathered for this workshop.


Session 1 | Friday, 11 September 2009, 6.30-8 pm
About ‘Archiving


Session 2 | Saturday, 12 September 2009, 11am-1 pm
About ‘Society


Session 3 | Saturday, 12 September 2009, 3-5 pm
About ‘Culture’


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The ‘Keywords School’ projects has been carried out in Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou; Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou; Museum Het Domein, Holland; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm and most recently the 53rd Venice Biennial. For more information on the keywords and the project please visit

Xu Tan was born in Wuhan, Hubei Province in 1957 and currently lives in Shenzhen. Since the early 1990s he has been part of ‘Big Tail Elephant Group’, an experimental artists group in Guangzhou. His work has been shown around the world including at the 50th Biennale di Venezia, the Berlin Biennial and the Guangzhou Triennial.


Supported by Vitamin Creative Space

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