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I prefer destruction than suggestion.

Shaotong He has studied at Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) as well as graduated from Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart, class of Christian Jankowski.
His work has been exhibited in the following exhibitions and projects: "Local Tales" (solo project), HuMBase, Stuttgart, 2020; "STUTTGART XVI-XVIII" (solo exhibition), Hive Center For Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2018; "Yellow Reflection", Gallery Liusa Wang, Paris, 2019; "Where Plato Taught" Academiae Youth Art Biennale, Fortezza Franzensfeste, 2018; JIMEIxARLES International Photo Festival, Xiamen, 2017; Sinopale, Sinop, 2017; "I Do(not) Want To Be Part Of Your Celebration," Qiao Space, Shanghai, 2017; "Manifestina," Manifesta Biennale, Zurich, 2016; "How To Be A Successful Artist" (project), Projektraum Lotte, Stuttgart, 2016. He has participated in several residency programs: HANGAR.org, Barcelona, 2019; Sorgenfrei 1/Schwankhalle, Bremen, 2017; Kulturakademie, Istanbul, 2017 (as participant of the project of Christian Jankowski); Kunstverein Kleinmachnov, 2014. In 2019 he was awarded the exchange scholarship by Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg. 2021 scholarship holder at "10qm Corona Katalyse", Kulturamt Stuttgart.

The Permanent Observers(Season 1); 2h 51’ 00’’

The Permanent Observers is a series of documentaries shot by surveillance cameras in public spaces. The first season includes nine episodes, each of them has a different duration, which were all produced in Stuttgart. The starting point and ending of each film was set by holding a clapperboard in front of an operating surveillance camera in public space at the given times. The video footage within this period of time would be considered as a film directed by an artist. Hereby, while the position of the camera remains unchanged, the cameraman has been granted with full freedom to decide the focal length, shooting angle, and filter of the camera, etc. Due to the Data Privacy Principles of Baden-Württemberg, the director himself doesn‘t have access to most of the film footage. Which means that seven episodes out of nine couldn‘t be shown to the public. Instead, the documentation videos, photography, objects, and documents of the producing process of those films can be viewed.

Interview

What is the language in common for the young people today?

Social media.

What does the process of making one of your pieces look like?

It looks like finding a pan on the street while having an egg in mind, I'll tell the name of the dish before it will be cooked.

Which challenges have you faced while making art as you know it?

Finding people, who I want to work with, and communication.

Do you consider yourself an artist, and what does that word mean to you?

I'm either a 24/7 artist without being known by people or a quantum artist when people read my name. The word means a defined social role to be bureaucratically administered.

What is your escape from reality? Do you even have a need to escape from something?

Bureaucracy.

What does the word innovative mean to you?

When something new is judged by authority as useful.

Do you have a plan for the future? Where can your artistic practice take you?

My aim is to be able to make art till death but not rely on art to live. It takes me to unknown territory.

What made the biggest influence on you to become what you are today and do what you do now?

My instinct of destruction and the artists I love.

How would you describe Serbian (Balkan or European-depends on where you live and work) contemporary cultural scene?

(I'm living in Germany) The contemporary cultural scene is not bad here. I only got the "cliche" of balkan art scene, that it's a strong force of decentralization.

In which way does your creative process shape you or changes you as a person, if it does at all?

I guess I would be a macho chad designer if I didn't do art.