【Minsheng Lecture】 Light up Our Community with “Art”

Guests: Luo Jiayu, Xia Yilan & Paul Devautour, Wu Fangfang, Hong Tianjiao
Host: Wang Yiquan
Date: Sunday, November 14, 2021
Time: 14:00-16:30
Meeting Point:
Location:
Shanghai Columbia Circle, Tsutaya Books
Location: Building 7, 1262 Yanan Xi Lu, Changning District, Shanghai

Notice:
 

  • For the public health and safety, the event requires real-name registration.
  • Please bring your ID to the meeting point at Tsutaya Books.
  • Please wear a face mask the whole time during your visit. If you are experiencing a fever, cough, or short of breath, please understand that admission will not be granted.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the event.

The exhibition “Meditations on the Urban Spectacles” co-organized by Shanghai Minsheng Art Foundation, Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, and Shanghai Vanke, is on show in Sunke Villa, a preserved historic building in Shanghai. Unlike the conventional exhibition that takes place in a white cube gallery, this exhibition fits a variety of art works into a former private residential building. Through the situational narrative constructed within the exhibited art works, including photography, installation, multimedia works by numerous artists and architect groups, “Meditations on the Urban Spectacles” invites the audience and artists to notice those nuance changes happening in our city.

Team photo of “Big Fish Community Design Center” 2020.

“Sparks in 1m2” Exhibition

This exhibition presents a series of works by Big Fish Community Design Center, a team that is dedicated to site-specific practice and urban & architectural studies. As an innovative social organization constituted by several interdisciplinary young people, Big Fish, with the mission of “co-build our pleasant neighborhood,” is engaged in promoting collaboration and social innovation under the context of urban renovation. After 4 years of working in Xin Hua street, Big Fish started the “Community for All'' project, which concludes series of collaborative artistic practice: “Neighborhood for All” exhibition, “Sparks in 1m2,” “Xin Hua On-Site Curators Project,” etc. These series of artistic events have closely linked everyone together, including the local residents, store owners, and artists.

The “Sparks in 1m2” Exhibition located at Ding Xi Road 710

“Living for Life” exhibition poster

This exhibition presents a series of works by Big Fish Community Design Center, a team that is dedicated to site-specific practice and urban & architectural studies. As an innovative social organization constituted by several interdisciplinary young people, Big Fish, with the mission of “co-build our pleasant neighborhood,” is engaged in promoting collaboration and social innovation under the context of urban renovation. After 4 years of working in Xin Hua street, Big Fish started the “Community for All'' project, which concludes series of collaborative artistic practice: “Neighborhood for All” exhibition, “Sparks in 1m2,” “Xin Hua On-Site Curators Project,” etc. These series of artistic events have closely linked everyone together, including the local residents, store owners, and artists.

Schedule

14:00-15:00
Part 1, Themed Talks

14:00-14:15
Light up Our Community with Art
Guest: Luo Jiayu (Yuyu)

A Big Fish Community Designer is going to talk about the Big Fish’s case proposal that enters Shanghai Urban Space Art Season 2021. This project advocates that everyone can be artists and everyone can be curators, encouraging community residents to team up and propose their own idea that may light up at least 1m2 in the block. It also encourages the on-site curators to team up with the local store owners and to present a “Living for Life” exhibition to showcase the livelihood in this community.

 Guest

  •       Luo Jiayu (Yuyu), Xin Hua Community resident and Big Fish Community Designer

14:15-14:30
“Slash in Voice”
Guest: Fang

“Employment” is based on community, and in turns improves the vigor and charisma of the community. The "Xin Hua On-Site Curators Project '' focuses on the livelihood of the neighborhood under multiple issues, inviting local store owners and workers to link up with Xin Hua neighbors to share community resources, and to record and present the symbiotic relationship with the community. The event invited Fang, the director of Slash Kingdom, to share the stories behind his participation in the project from the perspective of Xinhua's local business owners, and the stories of coexistence with the neighborhood.

Guest

  •                    Fang
    The director of Slash Kingdom, curator of “Slash in Voice”

14:30-14:45
Refracted Mundaneness: Curating in Community
Guest: Tianjiao

“We are a bunch of people who are interested in daily life, and a bunch of not-so-professional and not-so-efficient curators. We curated an exhibition for mundaneness in a casual approach and made a special connection with a community grocery store.” This event invites on-site curators to talk about stories behind the exhibition, and share their thoughts and insight of community curation.

Guest

  • Tianjiao is a Xin Hua community resident and the curator for “Good Food Everyday” of “Living For Life.”

14:45-15:00
Xin Hua Art Convenient Service
Guest: Xia Yilan

The “Community for All” project concludes a series of collaborative artistic practice: “Neighborhood for All” exhibition, “Sparks in 1m2,” “Xin Hua On-Site Curators Project,” etc. These series of artistic events have closely linked everyone together, including the local residents, store owners, and artists. They shape the relationship among individuals and between people and their living environment. This event invites Xia Yilan and Paul Devautour, the founders of DeYi Translation Studio to talk about their practice in “Sparks in 1m2”: Art Convenience Service Window, and stories behind that window.

Guest

  •                  Xia Yilan

Xia Yilan, Xin Hua Community Resident, founder of DeYi Translation Studio, tutor of “Sparks in 1m2”. She studied culture and art management in International studies in history and business art & culture (IESA) in Paris, and has worked in culture, tourism, education related departments in China and France government. Paul Devautour has worked as the dean of the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges, Villa Arson Nice, and Les Beaux-Arts de Marseille. He is now the operator of the research program "creation & globalization."

15:00-16:00
Part 2, Walking in Streets

Route 1: Columbia Circle—Ding Xi Lu 710 (Sparks in 1m2)—Art Convenience Service Winoow—Xin Hua Street Community Design Center
Route 2: Columbia Circle—CROSSOVER—Wan Yuan Grocery—Xin Hua Street Community Design Center
Tutor: Tianjiao

CROSSOVER located on Xin Hua Road

For us as community residents, the 2021 Shanghai Urban Space Art Season is a witness to community beautification and urban space renovation, as well as a place to discover new "familiar strangers'' and urban micro-renewal. The local community co-build organization Big Fish Community Design Center throws out the question: what should a neighborhood be like where everyone participates. They also show us their effort of answering that question through community co-building in Xin Hua Community. In this event, community designers will lead the participants through the scattered community spaces to find their understanding of art and the fun of living.

“Neighbourhood for All” exhibition in Xin Hua Street Community Design Center

“Good Food Everyday” exhibition at Wan Yuan Grocery on Xin Hua Road

“One-Week Owner” Project organized by Fang

16:00-16:30
Part 3, Discussion

Xin Hua Road 345 is undergoing a big change. In the future, it will be transformed into an alleyway complex project that explores the joint construction of government, enterprises, society and people, and will be jointly operated by local social organizations and community units. At the end of the event, we will go to Building 4, Xinhua Road 345 to learn how each individual can participate in the community development process and gain a sense of belonging in an inclusive and symbiotic community in the "Neighborhood for All" exhibition created by Big Fish.

“Neighborhood for All” exhibition at Building 4, Xin Hua Road 345

Host

  •              Wang Yiquan

Wang Yiquan is an artist and writer currently based in Shanghai. His artistic practice combines complexity and diversity, concentrating in performance, object and text, three independent yet correlative fields. His interest lies in contemporary visual art, urban space, contemporary films, and the relationship between art and economy. Dwelling on these topics for years, he has developed multi directions in his own artistic practice in the last 10 years.

Shanghai Minsheng Art Foundation

Founded on September 21, 2010, the Shanghai Minsheng Art Foundation is an art foundation donated by China Minsheng Bank, adhering to the public welfare philosophy and social and cultural core of China Minsheng Bank. Since its establishment, the foundation has funded the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum and Beijing Minsheng Museum, and donated funds to establish the Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum and the Minsheng Culture and Art Center in Hangzhou, to better meet the needs of the general public for art and culture, and to expand its social function of "improving public cultural literacy and strengthening local and domestic cultural exchanges." The Foundation has also supported a number of academic and cultural projects, including the China Academy of Art's 'Minsheng Art History' scholarship, projects related to the Wu Zuoren International Foundation of Fine Art, and the Chinese edition of the TEFAF Art Market Report 2014, which has been widely received by the industry. In addition, the Foundation has played an important role in accepting and donating and using Minsheng Bank's public welfare donations and managing the public welfare assets of Minsheng Art Organization.

Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum

Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum was established by the China Minsheng Bank for the purpose of promoting contemporary art and culture. Building a world-class museum is part of the corporate responsibility platform of the China Minsheng Bank in a mission of "bringing art to the public, bringing people into the realm of art."

MA+ Minsheng Art Empowerment Project

“Minsheng Art + Empowerment Project (MA+)” is a public welfare brand for the field of culture and art initiated by China Minsheng Bank based on its social responsibility and cultural ideals. "MA+” tries to make culture and art cross borders, allowing artists and designers to directly intervene in the artistic upgrading and transformation of different communities, creating new possibilities for community development. Through a series of public welfare projects, “MA+” will explore and utilize local cultural resources, realize the self-creation, self-service and self-development of local culture, optimize the local living environment, enrich local cultural life, improve local governance, and realize the vision of "bringing art to the public, bringing people into the realm of art."

Shanghai Vanke Real Estate Co., Ltd

Since China Vanke Co., Ltd set up Shanghai Vanke in 1991, it has set its strategic role as “urban and rural constructor and life service provider.” For over 30 years, it has been continuously striving to provide good products and service, in order to meet every demand to build a beautiful life. The urban space is like a liquefied container, linking people, city, and lands. Shanghai Vanke makes an effort to enrich the spiritual value of urban space by region renovation, experience renovation, and culture renovation. Through its continuous attempt to construct interdisciplinary conversations, it is exploring the ideal future for a natural, safe, and interactive city.

Shanghai Columbia Circle

Located along Yan’an West Road, Shanghai’s main East-West artery, Columbia Circle is a historically important site, including preserved colonial monuments and former industrial buildings, such as Sun Ke Villa, Columbia Country Club, Navy Club, swimming pool and multiple industrial buildings. Originally the social hub for Shanghai’s American community, the once rural complex is now concealed behind a perimeter of tall modern buildings. Real estate giant Vanke took over Columbia Circle and enlisted OMA to inject new life into the compound. It is now a space for cultural events, entertainment, and life.

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