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7 Dec 2014

Maurice Bogaert in Black Sesame

Sunday December 14th IFP resident artist Maurice Bogaert will present his project "Strange Tales From My Chinese Studio (or A Script For a Work I Didn't Make, Yet)", a publication and a site-specific spatial installation in Black Sesame.

Working from a notion of the city as a living being, the artist has been collecting scenes from everyday life in Beijing, narrated from the perspective of an anonymous viewer. This collection of scenes are put together in a small publication with dual contingency: It can be read as a finished work, a literary work or an artist book; or as a script for another work, carried out in another media in another place at another time.

As a counterbalance to the lightness of words on paper, Maurice has created an intervention in the Black Sesame gallery space. Using standard drywall elements the artist sets up a scene which transforms parts of the space into a new, mystified object which also can be seen as a map of Beijing, or a generic Chinese City.

Opening Sunday Dec 14th, 4 pm
Exhibition runs December 14- 21.

Black Sesame
Heizhima hutong 13
Dongcheng District, Beijing

5 Dec 2014

IFP Sessions: Jake Mahaffy

Join is on Wednesday December 10 for a talk with American film director Jake Mahaffy.

Jake Mahaffy is senior lecturer and director of the graduate screen production program at University of Auckland. He has produced and directed several feature films including WAR (2004)Wellness (2008) and Free In Deed (2014). The short film Miracle Boy (2012) about a young boy who risks his life to apologize to another, won the best Jury Prize - Best Narrative Short at the 2013 Virginia Film Festival.

The talk will be centred around "Cinema beyond micro films and implications of being an individual filmmaker" and Mr Mahaffy will screen a selection of segments from his films. The screening will be followed by a discussion with IFP artist-in-residence Maurice Bogaert and Chinese theatre director Tian Gebing.

Wednesday Dec 10, 6:30 pm in IFP Studio

3 Dec 2014

Artist talk: Out Of The Fence 护栏——并联

Sunday December 7th Institute for Provocation and Kulturgut invites you to an artist talk related to the exhibition: Out Of The Fence - Connected in Parallel, featuring three young Chinese artists.

How do we find, create and use the personal space inside the given and limited aisles? Our three artists are guided by all kind of fences on their ways, but they are also connected by fences and at the same time divided – connected in parallel. Inside these fences, they have their personal on and off buttons, with which they can switch and witch how they like. In this exhibition they are showing us their own paths.

Introduction to the theme by curator Stefanie Thiedig
Speakers: He Jian, Zhang Xinjun, Zhai Liang

Sunday Dec 7, 4pm in IFP Studio

2 Dec 2014

INCUBATORS Beijing - Berlin

In December Institute for Provocation is taking part in a week-long exchange programme for independent art spaces initiated by artist and curator Thomas Eller and supported by Goethe Institute China. The project brings five independent or artist-run spaces in Berlin to Beijing to exchange experience, methods and approaches.

Participants from Berlin: AUTOCENTER, District Berlin, Grimm Museum, MOMENTUM worldwide, ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik. From Beijing: Arrow Factory, Institute for Provocation, Video Bureau, Taikang Art Space, I: Project Space

The programme will culminate in a symposium: "Beyond the Culture Industry – Incubators for a Different Art Scene” with all the participants and invited guests, hosted by IFP.

ongoing projects

Work with IFP!

Institute for Provocation is currently looking for part-time assistants for our expanding residency programme in Beijing. Applicants should have a background in art, design or related fields with experience in assisting and project coordination. Proficiency in Chinese and English is a requirement.

Tasks include:

- Assisting artists in finding information, people, materials, sites
- Assisting artists in the field, e g visiting sites, accompanying on shorter trips etc
- Translation of shorter texts from English to Chinese.
- Event coordination and assistance at IFP and elsewhere
- General support to the managing team of IFP

Please send your application letter and CV to jobs@iprovoke.org

New resident(s): Benandsebastian

As the first residency in our new collaboration with the Danish Arts Council, IFP has welcomed Benandsebastian to Beijing. The Berlin-based duo constisting of Ben Clement and Sebastian de la Cour explore notions of absence through elaborate and complex structures that may include found objects and performative substances. During their residency at IFP, they aim to explore the more discursive side of their practice, elaborating on notions of authorship and authenticity.

More info about the artists here

New resident: Maurice Bogaert

Amsterdam-based artist Maurice Bogaert has arrived at IFP in search for the soul of a city (like Beijing). In his architectural explorations of narrative space, Bogaert deconstructs and reconstructs sets from films, tv-series or webcams, often with dry precision and absurd humour. The installations are large-scale models of the spaces, extracted from the moving image and blown up in three dimensions with the visitor's eyes taking the position of the camera lens.

During his residency at IFP, Maurice will document and reconstruct Beijing without its inhabitants, letting the physical space of the city itself play the leading role. This filmic research project together with the collection of micro-stories from every day life currently makes up the artist's main activity. More information about Maurice and his work here