World on Fire: Empire, Trump and Multitude’s Action

Talk    2018.07.28   14:00-16:00


Ou Shujun (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, School of International Studies, Renmin University of China) 

The US and the World in the Trump Era: A Political and Cultural Perspective 

Wang Xingkun (Associate Professor, School of Humanities, Tianjin Polytechnic University)

Reflections on Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's Views on Work and Multitude



Yang Beichen (Editor at Large, Artforum-CN; Lecturer, The Department of Dramatic Literature, The Central Academy of Drama)

Screening & Conversation    2018.07.28 16:00-18:00

Premiere - Monolith, Bipeds, Tetrapods 

Yang Beichen in Conversation with Feng Junyuan & Zeng Jiahui

Venue: OCAT Institute, Jinchanxilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing (100 meters north from Subway Line 7 Happy Valley Scenic Area Station Exit B)

After seven months in exhibition, Frontier: Re-assessment of Post-Globalisational Politics is coming to an end. During this period, we have hosted twelves speeches and conversations with nearly forty established scholars, artists, and curators as guest speakers in Shanghai and Beijing. These events covered topics such as frontiers, nationalities, the world, historical China, identity politics in the era of globalization, and the boundaries of the universe, some of which are beyond the scope of this exhibition. It is worth mentioning that there were quite a few exhibitions on related topics taking place at the same time in other venues, despite different angles and methods as ours, they share our concern and anxiety over the post-globalization politics and individual situations. As the exhibition is about to close, we return to the starting point and motivation of the exhibit, and refocus the question back to this rapidly changing world.

At the beginning of 2018, the inter-Korean relationship began to ease off due to the Winter Olympics. On March 22, Trump announced the implementation of the trade war with China. On April 13, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched an air strike against Syria. On June 12, Trump held a historic meeting with Kim Jong-un at the US-DPRK summit in Singapore. On July 6, the Sino-US trade war officially has begun, which—as reported by the media—would be the biggest trade war between these two countries in history... In less than half a year, the turbulent global political situation has become more complicated and unpredictable. To this end, we invite Associate Professor Ou Shujun (Department of Political Science, Renmin University of China), and Associate Professor Wang Xingkun (School of Humanities, Tianjin Polytechnic University) to give this talk. They will expand from the themes of “The US and the World in the Trump Era,” Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s Empire Trilogy and their new book Assembly to discuss their analysis of and thoughts on the structural crisis of the current global geopolitics and capitalist world.


Following the talk, we will hold the Chinese premiere of the film Monolith, Bipeds, Tetrapods jointly produced by Feng Junyuan and Zeng Jiahui, and then a discussion with the two artists and film scholar Yang Beichen. The movie was filmed in Sri Lanka and revolves around the themes of the formation of the "Non-Aligned Movement" in the 1960s, the "Third World", civil wars and ethnic conflicts, as well as the Chinese government's the"Belt and Road" initiative, and changes in the geopolitical order in South Asia. It is a new image narrative on the aforementioned issues, and also the artists’ critical response to and commitment of action on the current political pessimism.