The Shortcut to the Systematic Life: City Spirits

  • Action Video/Single Channel Video
  • 07:50
  • 2005
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This work was developed during a residency at Gasworks in London, with shooting finished later in Taipei, Taiwan. I explore the social dynamics of urban spaces in a series of actions that test and subvert the invisible norms that govern our use of public spaces. I am using a series of actions to re-discover and re-present the city from a different perspective, one that absurdly challenges the use of spaces and makes us think about how we deal with them.

Total 4 pics


2007 "The Shortcut to the Systematic Life: Invisible City", Solo Exhibition by K. Y. Tsui, Eslite Gallery, Taipei, TW

2006 "The Shortcut to the Systematic Life: City Crevice", Solo Exhibition by K.Y Tsui, Winchester Gallery, Winchester, GB

2006 "The Shortcut to the Systematic Life: City Spirits", Solo Exhibition by K. Y. Tsui, IT Park Gallery& Photo Studio, Taipei, TW

2005 "You So Crazy: Kuang-Yu Tsui’s Video Works", The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, US

2004 "The Shortcut to the Systematic Life: City Spirits", Gasworks Studio, London, GB



2023 "Present Tense: Perilous Playground", Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, San Francisco, US

2023 "Simulacra of Real Life", Hsinchu 241 Art Gallery, Hsinchu City, TW

2023 "State-less", part of the Kakilang Festival 2023, Two Temple Place, London, GB

2021 "Street View", 21 projections entre deux & public space Maastricht, Maastricht, NL

2020 "2020 Chiayi International Art DOC Film Festival: Create your own being", Auditorium of Cultural Affairs Bureau, Chiayi, TW

2020-2021 "Stadium Creation" Juming Museum Special Exhibition, Juming Museum, Taipei, TW

2016 "Declaration / Documentation: Taipei Biennial, 1996-2014", Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei, TW

2016 "M+ Screenings: Visible Places", Broadway Cinematheque, Hong Kong, CN

2015 "Future of Imagination 10 – International Performance Art Event", Video screen in Flaneur Gallery, SG

2015 "Dances with the Times-40 Years of Artist and Contemporary Art in Taiwan", Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, TW

2014 "The Pioneers of Taiwanese Artists 1971-1980", National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, TW

2010 "21st Century Art in the First Decade", Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, AU

2010 "Alternatives to Memories", Galerie Art & Essai, Renne, FR

2010 "Get It Louder 2010: SHARISM", Beijing Venue: Sanlitun SOHO / Shanghai Venue: 800show, CN

2010 "Invisible Stranger", TamTam 8 Art Space, Berlin, DE

2010 "A Window to the World", Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, JP

2010 "Loading…", PMgalerie, Berlin, DE

2009 "Rendez-vous 09", Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne/Rhone-Alpes, Lyon, FR

2009 "A Perfect Day for Kangaroos", MOMA Contemporary, Fukuoka JP

2009 "The View from Elsewhere", Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, AU / Gallery of Modern Art and the Australian Cinematheque, Brisbane, AU

2009 "VideoDictionary", Media Library of Fundación La Caixa, Madrid, SP

2009 "DIS-EASE", a new generation of video art from the Rijksakademie archives, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, ZA

2009 "Living Room 09: My Home Is Where My Heart Is", Performance, film and video in Auckland Central business district, Auckland, NZ

2008 "Haikus", Kuang-Yu Tsui video art selection from 2002 to 2006, Le FRUC, Montpellier, FR

2008 "CORPOIMAGEM (Bodyimage) ", Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, BR

2008 "Taipei Biennial 2008", PDP in MRT, Taipei, TW

2008 "Eurasia. Geographic cross-overs in art", Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, IT

2008 "DIS-EASE", a new generation of video art from the Rijksakademie archives, Bank Gallery, Durban, ZA

2008 "Streetwise", Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, ES

2008 "The Vernacular Terrain", International Digital Art projects, Monash University Gallery in Melbourne, Federation Square in Melbourne, Cube 37 Frankston Regional Gallery Australia, Creative Industries Block Space Gallery, Queensland University of Technology Australia, AU  / Zaim Art Space, Yokohama, JP / Beijing Film Academy, Beijing, CN

2008 "Biennial Cuvée", OK Centrum, Linz, AT

2008 "Decoder", Selected works from the 3rd Contour Biennial for Video Art (Mechelen, BE, 2007), Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, LT

2007 "Pay Attention Please", 26cc, Rome, IT

2007 "Taiwan Crossover Festival", OK Centrum, Linz, AT

2007 "Kuang-Yu Tsui Action Video 1995-2006", Lugar A Dudas, Santiago de Cali, CO

2007 "Decoder", Contour Biennial-third biennial for video art, Mechelen, BE

2007 "Changwon 2007 Asia Art Festival - Peach flower, Apricot flower", Sungsan Art Hall, Changwon, KR

2007 "Thermocline of Art-New Asian Waves", ZKM Center for Art and Media, DE

2007 "Very Fun part 2", Eastern Taipei city, Taipei, TW

2007 "National pride - the second layer", Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL

2007 "European Media Art Festival", Lagerhalle, Osnabruck, DE

2007 "Videowall", Lazy Marie i.s.m., Stadsschouwburg in Utrecht, NL

2007 "IAQ-Infrequently asked questions", ISE cultural foundation, New York, US

2007 "Honey, I understand you, but…", DUMBO Transitions, Safe-T Gallery, NY, US

2006 "Open Ateliers 2006 Rijksakademie ", Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL

2006 "2006 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin", Centre Georges Pompidou / National Museum Jeu de Paume / French Cinematheque, Paris, FR

2006 "V International Show of Video Art / VAIA 2006", Cultural Centre, Alcoi, ES

2006 "Made in Asia", Program: Le Monde Bouge / The World Movies, La Nuit Blanche Festival 2006, Le Divan du Monde, Paris, FR

2006 "Taipei: Views and Points", Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, TW

2006 "Festival Rayons Frais", Tours, FR

2006 "Empieza el juego" Video Festival, La Casa Encendida in Madrid / Centro Cultural Caja Madrid in Zaragoza, ES

2006 "International Short Film Festival France and Asia" (part of La Fete Festival), Auditorium of Alliance Francaise of Bangkok / Bangkok Code, TH

2006 "KÖRPEREIN/SATZ", within the program "Secret Agenda", Hedah Centrum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Maastricht, NL

2006 "Exposed: Black Box & Crystal Ball", Cross cultural contemporary media art project in public sites in London, 10 places located in Central London W1, Harrods Department store, Window, Escalator (gate10), LG i-gallery 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL, London, GB

2006 "Eastern Alliance 3 or TeleDivision Show", MNAC (Muzeul National de Arta Contemporana), Bucharest, Romania / Centrul de Arta Contemporana KSA:K, Chisinau, MD

2006 "VIM (Very Important Messages)", Amsterdam local television Salto A1 and produced by Bellissima Foundation, Amsterdam, NL

2006 "Exploding Television - Satellite of Love presents: Sex and Sadness", Curated by Jan Schuijren, In the framework of the Rotterdam International Film Festival, in collaboration with Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL

2006 "Sex and Sadness", Platform Garanti, Istanbul, TR

2006 "Wrong(ed) Attitude", Sparwasser, Berlin, DE/ Paris (CCTP), FR

2006 "Short Turns", Argos Gallery, Brussels, BE

2006 "Ionesco’s Friends", Franco Soffiantino Gallery, Turin, IT

2005 "CP Biennial: Urban/Culture", Bank Indonesia Museum, Djakarta, ID

2005 "i-Dentity", Fashion and Textile Museum GB/ Biennale of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, BR/  House of Palomino/ The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, US

2005 "Unimovie", International Video and Short Film Festival, Pescara-Città Sant´ Angelo, IT, 2005.10

2005 "Taipei Croquis", Single Channel Video from Taiwan, graf media gm: Yokohama, Yokohama, JP

2005 "The 1st Pocheon Asian Art Festival", Pocheon Ban Wol Art Hall, Pocheon, KR

2005 "FORMAT ", TV program in SVT, SE

2005 "The Spectre of Freedom", 51.International Art Exhibition-La Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo delle Prigioni, Venice, IT

2005 "Island Art Film and Video Festival 05-Video Dictionary", Prenelle Gallery,London, GB