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Documentary screening: The Rising Tide

Documentary screening: The Rising Tide


Tuesday 17 January 2012, 12.15pm – 1.45pm
Bookings essential by email or on (02) 6208 5021
Visions Theatre, National Museum of Australia

The Rising Tide has been classified 18+ by the Australian Government Classification Board. No person under the age of 18 will be allowed into the screening.

About the film

A cropped image of two men standing beside floral arrangements on a boat at sea.
Chen Qiulin Garden No. 1, (2007) C-print. Courtesy of the artist.

The Rising Tide is Robert Adanto's 2008 debut feature-length documentary. It explores China's meteoric march towards the future through the works of some of the Middle Kingdom's most talented photographers and video artists, including Wang Qingsong, Cao Fei, Xu Zhen, Yang Yong, Chen Qiulin, BirdHead, and O Zhang.

Shot in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen in the summer of 2006, The Rising Tide captures the confusion and ambiguity that characterise the new China.

The film has screened at museums and galleries across the globe and made its Australian premiere in conjunction with the China Project at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane.

Art In America editor and author of New China, New Art Richard Vine, wrote, 'If you want a living sense of China's contemporary art scene — and the artists who are shaking it up — check out Robert Adanto's The Rising Tide. It reveals some of the brightest and best new talents, capturing their works, their words, and their faces amid a swiftly changing environment.'

Robert Adanto

Robert Adanto is a Californian contemporary artist and independent filmmaker. The Rising Tide was his directorial debut and followed by Pearls on the Ocean Floor in 2010. Pearls examined Iranian female artists living outside the Islamic Republic and won acclaim at several international film festivals.

More recently Adanto has been working on Darkly Digital & Divine a film exploring the 'post-photographic' world through interviews with artists including Erwin Olaf, Ruud van Empel, Oleg Dou, Emily Allchurch, Sabine Pigalle, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Lisa Holden, Jonny Briggs, Jamie Baldridge, Mel Bagshaw and Michel Valentino.