ZHENG Bo is an artist, writer, and teacher, committed to socially and ecologically engaged art. He investigates the past and imagines the future from the perspectives of marginalized communities and marginalized plants. He is learning to cultivate ecological wisdom for a Good Anthropocene.

He has worked with a number of museums and art spaces in Asia and Europe, most recently Parco Arte Vivente (Torino), TheCube Project Space (Taipei), Villa Vassilieff (Paris), Cass Sculpture Foundation (Goodwood), Sifang Art Museum (Nanjing), and Hong Kong Museum of Art. In 2018 his works have been included in Manifesta 12, Cosmopolis #1.5, the 11th Taipei Biennial, the 2nd Yinchuan Biennial, and the 1st Thailand Biennial.

He taught at China Academy of Art from 2010 to 2013, and currently teaches at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. In 2016, he received Commendation for outstanding achievements in the development of arts and culture from Secretary for Home Affairs, Hong Kong SAR Government.

contact

mr.bo.zheng@gmail.com

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schedule:

May 1 - 8, Taipei

May 13 - 15, Shanghai

May 21 - June 2, Kyoto

currently reading:

莊子

N. J. Giradot, James Miller, and Liu Xiaogan eds., Daoism and Ecology: Ways within a Cosmic Landscape

Pope Francis, Laudato si'

Peter Godfrey-Smith, Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness

David George Haskell, The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature

Bert Hölldobler and E. O. Wilson, The Ants

recently read:

Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood

Frans de Waal, Mama's Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Teach Us about Ourselves

Thor Hanson, Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

Anna Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World

Hiro Arikawa, The Travelling Cat Chronicles

Sayaka Murata, Convenience Store Woman

Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass

Robin Wall Kimmerer, “Corn Tastes Better on the Honor System,” Emergence Magazine

David Quammen, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind

Andrea Wulf, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World

David R. Montgomery and Anne Bikle, The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health

Octavia Butler, Dawn: Xenogenesis, Book 1

Octavia Butler, Kindred

Octavia Butler, Wild Seed

notes

東郭子問於莊子曰:「所謂道,惡乎在?」莊子曰:「無所不在。」東郭子曰:「期而後可。」莊子曰:「在螻蟻。」曰:「何其下邪?」曰:「在稊稗。」曰:「何其愈下邪?」曰:「在瓦甓。」曰:「何其愈甚邪?」曰:「在屎溺。」東郭子不應。莊子曰:「夫子之問也,固不及質。正、獲之問於監市履狶也,『每下愈況』。汝唯莫必,無乎逃物。至道若是,大言亦然。周遍咸三者,異名同實,其指一也。嘗相與游乎無有之宮,同合而論,無所終窮乎!嘗相與無為乎!澹澹而靜乎!漠而清乎!調而閑乎!寥已吾志,吾往焉而不知其所終,彷徨乎馮閎,大知入焉而不知其所窮。物物者與物無際,而物有際者,所謂物際者也。不際之際,際之不際者也。謂盈虛衰殺,彼為盈虛非盈虛,彼為衰殺非衰殺,彼為本末非本末,彼為積散非積散也。」(莊子‧外篇‧知北遊)

Saint Francis of Assisi “asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the Creator of such beauty. Rather than a problem to be solved, the world is a joyful mystery to be contemplated with gladness and praise.” (Pope Francis, Laudato si', 2015)