NEW YORK, NY.-
Robert Adanto's The Rising Tide
, which recently screened at Art Basel Miami Beach, examines China's economic and cultural metamorphosis through the work of some of the Middle Kingdom's most talented video artists and photographers, including the internationally recognized Cao Fei, Xu Zhen, Wang Qingsong, Chen Qiulin and Zhang O. It is narrated by Rosalind Chao and Gordon Chang.
"Adanto's surprisingly grim film highlights both the vitality and urgency of China's burgeoning new culture while allowing its subjects to speak of the darker and more painful aspects of change," says Gerry Mak in the on-line publication Flavorpill.
The Rising Tide is an incredibly timely examination of China's growing prominence in international culture. In a climate of industrialization, urbanization, and increased freedom of expression, Chinese Contemporary Art has emerged as arguably the most vital and imaginative cultural force in the world today. "The rest of us better make an effort to grasp what their work is about, or get out of the way," says Mark Lynch, host of WICN's Inquiry, " [The Rising Tide is] an 'eye-opener' in every sense of the word, if you are an artist, curator or art teacher be sure to catch this film."
The Rising Tide was shot in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen in the summer of 2006 and completed in February of 2008. The Rising Tide was part of the UK's China Now festival, as part of Constant Stream: China 08 at the Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre in London, where it screened with a film by acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke. Later in 2008, the film had screenings at the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC, The Worcester Art Museum, and The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami. Additionally, Mr. Adanto's film has also screened at The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto in conjunction with Shanghai Kaleidoscope, an exhibition curated by Christopher Phillips of International Center of Photography in NY, as well as The Bates College Museum of Art, The Kansas City Institute of the Arts, and the Pacific Asia Museum. Mr. Adanto's film also screened in conjunction with In Transitions, an international exhibition that took place at the National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, and at The Cape Winelands Film Festival in Cape Town, South Africa, and in May of 2009 it will screen at the Peabody-Essex Museum in conjunction with Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection.
For more information, visit www.therisingtidefilm.com