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24 Nov 2014

Out of The Fence - Connected In Parallel

Sunday November 30th Institute for Provocation and Kulturgut welcomes you to the opening of 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.

Artists: He Jian, Zhang Xinjun, Zhai Liang

Curated by Stefanie Thiedig

November 30 - December 7, 2014
Opening Sunday Nov 30, 4pm
Artist talk Sunday Dec 7, 4pm in IFP Studio

Black Sesame Space
Heizhima hutong 13
Dongcheng District, Beijing

9 Nov 2014

IFP Sessions: Benjamin Teare

Another word for Solidarity: Making Theatre with Workers

Benjamin Teare is the artistic director of New Common Theatre, a company currently developing a theatrical production devised by and featuring Chinese workers and to be staged in factories across China. In preparation for the production, Ben travelled extensively from Guangzhou to Beijing to Kashgar, talking to workers, artists, factory owners and trade union officials. In this talk at Institute for Provocation, Ben shares his journey thus far, his plans for the project moving forward, and his practice as an actor, director, teacher and activist.

Sunday November 16th, 4pm at IFP Studio, Heizhima hutong 13

29 Oct 2014

Maurice Bogaert/He An dialogue at Today Art Museum

Institute for Provocation welcomes you to the third in our series of talks in collaboration with Today Art Museum in Beijing. Under the headline "Cross-disciplinary Approaches", two speakers whose artistic practices overlap in one way or another will introduce their works to the audience and to each other. The presentations will be followed by a discussion around the topics emerging from their respective works.

Maurice Bogaert is an Amsterdam-based artist and currently artist-in-residence at IFP. In recent years he has been developing a series of works that engage, with something he calls “filmic architecture. In these works, he explores the relationships between scale models, sets, architecture, narrative and the moving image.

Beijing-based artist He An creates site-specific installations and environments which trigger our sense of relationship between body and space. His works often incorporate volatile materials from everyday life and play with our understanding of permanent and transient.

The presentations will be followed by a discussion around the topics emerging from their respective works.

Saturday, November 1st 2014, 15:00 - 16:30

Venue: Today Art Museum, 2nd floor of Building 2
Pingod Community, No.32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing.
Tel: 010-58760600

18 Oct 2014

IASPIS Open Call for residency at IFP

Iaspis – the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s international program for visual art, architecture, design and craft – currently have an open call for residency collaboration with IFP in 2015. The residency is open to applications from visual artists, architects and designers, based in Sweden or with a strong connection to the Swedish art scene. Proposals should show a link to the theme of public space in China.

Two separate residencies of three months each are offered to two candidates, one from August 15 to November 15, and one from September 15 to December 15. Deadline for submissions is October 28 (application on paper) October 31 (digital application).

Please visit iaspis website for more information and application forms.

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