current events

1 Sep 2014

IFP participates in Re(son)-Art conference

IFP Program Director Max Gerthel and associated artist Tianji Zhao will participate in Re(s)on-Art, an International Artistic Research Conference with Actions in Public Space taking place in Stockholm Sept 9-12. IFP has contributed with a proposal for a public action called Hold Your Breath, which will be carried out in the centre of Stockholm by the participants during the conference.

If you are in town, join the conference for free by signing up at resonart@arkdes.se.

More information here

7 Jul 2014

Esther Kokmeijer at Black Sesame

IFP is delighted to invite you to the opening of a new site-specific installation and work-in-progress show at IFP's project space Black Sesame. Dutch visual artist Esther Kokmeijer will create an artificial environment, inviting visitors into a thermal atmosphere of vapour and gas. Alongside the installation she will put on display her research and investigations undertaken in China. Starting with the idea of a drop of water and its three states of being, the artist traces the various ways in which vapour plays an essential role in our everyday lives, and what efforts go into controlling it.

You are invited to join this dialogue and wander through the physical tests, data and ideas collected over the past six months.

Saturday July 12th, 5 – 9pm, Black Sesame, Heizhima hutong 13

17 Jun 2014

Serge Onnen at Black Sesame

Warmly welcome to the official opening of Black Sesame, a new project space for art, design and sensory experiences located in the courtyard at Heizhima hutong 13. For this opening event Dutch/French artist Serge Onnen will create a site-specific installation which invites visitors to explore the different characters of his animation film project Cloacinae. During the evening there will also be live music and Swedish traditional midsummer drinks and snacks.

Serge Onnen was resident at IFP in 2012 to explore Chinese shadow puppet theatre and work with puppet makers. This lead to a series performances (CAFA, Three Shadow Gallery, Zajia, Paper Tiger Studio) and collaborations with several musicians. For this exhibition Onnen will show all the puppets he has made so far in China. A zeotrope, another primitive pre-cinematographic device plays a important part in the movie and will also be shown and spinning during this one night event.

Friday, June 27, 5-9pm

8 May 2014

IFP Workshops: Bill Aitchison

- A two-day workshop led by Bill Aitchison, May 17-18

The workshop will introduce some elements of site-sensitive performance in city space, an approach to performance making that Bill Aitchison has developed over several years in many countries. The participants will share stories with one another and explore the urban space around Institute For Provocation. They will be shown ways in which these stories can be told in the streets and how the streets have their own characters and qualities that can be used when developing performances out of doors.

Bill Aitchison is an inter-disciplinary performance artist who has presented his work in galleries, theatres and festivals in Europe, Asia, America and The Middle East. He holds a practice-based PhD from Goldsmiths College is published in several languages, has worked in radio and is associate research fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London.

ongoing projects

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

Article about IFP in SmartBeijing

In this well-written piece by Josh Feola, IFP Program Director Max Gerthel explains the working spirit and long-term goals of IFP.