The World III in the Third World

By , October 27, 2014 3:21 pm



The World III in the Third World

Artists: Chen Xiaoyun, Chen Yujun+ChenYufan, He An, Liu Wei, Lu Lei, Lu Yang, Made In Company (Xu Zhen), Qiu Zhijie, Song Kun, Wang Yuyang, Wang Yin, Xu Qu, Polit-Sheer Form

Curator: Bao Dong


At The Art Center, Office of Academic Resources, Chulalongkorn University

August 27 – October 4, 2014


Wednesday August 27, 2014

Curator and Artist Talk: 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: 6:30-8:30 p.m.


The concept of “the third world” in the international political system came into being during the Cold War period. It collapsed the binary division featuring capitalism and socialism, and produced an alternative idea of political sovereignty beyond the mentioned pattern. Almost at the same time, the concept of “World III” in philosophical system developed an independent sector of “objective knowledge” between the traditional divisions of material and consciousness, emphasizing the independence of cultural world.


Different from the postcolonial theory, the “third world” did not come from the self-criticism in western countries, but from the edge or outside of western world. It was originated from the political voice of the third world itself. Therefore, what the theory of “the third world” in the cultural domain brought was no longer a differential game of multiculturalism, but some possible construction of common culture instead.


In the practice of common culture under such a political consciousness, the cultural politics of contemporary art will break through the said scenario “political correctness,” and change the set relationship between art and politics through strengthening art as the independent “World III.” No matter “the third world” or ““World III”, it all belong to non-determinism and constructive world view.


So for discussions over contemporary Chinese art, the “World III of the third world” as a concept, may derive into the following 3 topics: 1) How to understand the consciousness of cultural sovereignty in the international political relationship; 2) How to face the possibility of restructuring a blueprint for some international political practice in an increasingly de-politicalized diversified global cultural scenario; and 3) How to re-comprehend the political independence of art in the delayed “post-historical” and “post-artistic” period.


*The World III in the Third World is sponsored by Tang Contemporary Art.


The World III in the Third World


 World III in the Third World: Exhibitios 27 August – 4 October 2014

 The World III in the Third World: Open Reception         

27 August 2014

 The World III in the Third World: Talk by Curator and Artist         

27 August 2014



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