musée d'art contemporain
de Bordeaux


Weather Forecast

// Catalogue d'exposition / 2016 / Jeu de Paume, Paris ; CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux


Interview of the artist with Heidi Ballet. Guan Xiao hunts and collects images on the internet, uses it as an image bank, and deals in her work with perception, the visual and auditory experience we get when we are browsing the internet, and how this process defines how we see the world on a daily basis. This project is a part of “Our Ocean, Your Horizon”, curated by Heidi Ballet for the Satellite Programme, co-produced by the Jeu de Paume, Paris and the CAPC musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux.



Each exhibition of the  Satellite Programme is accompanied by a publication that was conceived as a carte blanche for the artists. This series of books, each of which was created in close collaboration with a graphic design agency, forms an independent artistic space.

Guan Xiao (Chongqing, China, 1983) works with the dense stream of images that she finds on the surface of the internet and which she feels are part of our daily experience in the global present. She takes these images and places them outside their original context, dedicating herself first and foremost to a logic of personal involvement to gain a deeper understanding about the dynamics of seeing and experiencing. She approaches the notion of identity in a way that extends the topic of nationality towards a reflection of a shared identity as human beings. Consequently, she is freed from any questions regarding an essentialised identity as a Chinese artist, arriving at a process of visual experience that defines the ever-changing process of becoming, of both herself and any other human being in our contemporary environment.

Her three-channel video “Weather Forecast” visualizes the personal change that someone who travels goes through, a process with a volatility that she compares with the fluctuation of the weather. She reflects about the conditions for this change: is a geographic expedition necessary, or would a series of perceptions, experienced while staying in the same place, have the same effect? The introductory work How To Disappear tests the reliability of exactly this experiential cognition in order to prepare the visitor for sensory immersion.

Guan Xiao’s works have recently been shown in, among others places, the Lyon Biennial (2015), the Third New Museum Triennial, New York (2015), ICA, London (2015), Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (2015) and M HKA, Antwerp (2014).


Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at the CAPC musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux, March 10 at 15 May, 2016, and at the Jeu de Paume, Paris, June 7 at September 25, 2016.

Text of : Jorge Luis Capdepont-Ballina

Graphic Design : Julie Rousset & Audrey Templier

Co-publishing : Jeu de Paume / Fondation Nationale des Arts Graphiques et Plastiques / CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux

Diffusion-distribution : Les presses du réel


Public selling price: 14€

Number of pages: 64 pages

Language: Bilingual french / english

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ISBN: 978-2-87721-228-1
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