2016年的项目
2016 Projects
 
Buffering - Waiting for Li Binyuan
 

Li Binyuan

 

 

On the afternoon of 16th April, 2016, Li Binyuan will carry out a walking performance through the city. The starting point is Li Binyuan’s studio, located in a set of ruins near Heiqiao, and the finishing point at the Institute for Provocation at no. 13 Heizhima Hutong. His route will wind its way through the urban space of our city, from outside the 5th ring road to inside the 2nd ring road. 

During the two week duration of the project, Li Binyuan used Black Sesame Space as his artist studio and temporary home. He brought his own practice, and social life into the space, teetering on the brink of perceived privacy but always available to the visiting public. At the end of the two weeks, he took down the blue sign with the text "Li Binyuan's Studio" from the wall and walked back to Heiqiao where he hung it back on the ruins of the demolished houses where it hung before.

 

April 16 - May 1, 2016

Black Sesame Space

 

 

 
Golconda
 
Christian Danielewitz

 

An offbeat traveller of sorts, Christian Danielewitz uses his status as an artist to venture into contested territory, bringing back images, objects and substances that become requisites in a carefully composed rebus. Working through a manifold of representations, all interconnected and often loaded with political punch, he exposes the flipside of human activity; explosion, excavation, extraction, exclusion, exhaustion and finally extinction. In the project developed in China and presented in Black Sesame Space as a site-specific installation, he goes further in bringing invisible materiality into the light. In one of the two spaces in Black Sesame, the photographic image, here used as a media documenting the scenes of industrial residue, contains traces of the radioactivity present in the time and place of exposure. In the other space, we are exposed to contaminated objects physically present and measured in millisievert. The elements in the exhibition are connected through their mutual interdependence, as described by Gaston Bachelard in “Water and Dreams: Imagination of Matter: “[…] images of matter, images that stem directly from matter.”

May 28th - June 12th 2016

Opening May 28th 4-7pm

 

 

The Balcony - from the private to the public and back again, or, in Beijing with Jerzy Kosinski
 
Andreas Gedin

 

A balcony is an architectural protuberance that extends out from the shell of the building into space, out into the public sphere. It is a place at which to be observed or to observe from. “balcony” is also the last word in a novel by Jerzy Kosinski about a boy who becomes mute.

 

In an exhibition produced during a three month stay in Beijing during the spring of 2016, Andreas Gedin focuses on the relations and tensions between the public and the private spheres. An individual’s voice for example is directed from the private towards the others, to the public. And when someone is silenced, he or she is restricted to the private. However the private space is also like a darkroom where images can be developed and texts written in secret to later be displayed to the world.

 

As a fastidious observer of Pekinese life, Gedin takes cues from everyday scenes to create links to his own catalogue of references: the Polish-American author Jerzy Kosinski, an owner of a small shop for bird cages and aquaria’s in the district of Dongcheng and the city of Beijing itself.

 

For Black Sesame Space Andreas Gedin has created a microcosm, a personal web of meanings that opens up new diplomatic relations between the gallery space, the world of literature and the familiar world outside. Gedin composes riddles in which language and physical elements are intertwined. Drawing from historical and political events – whether real or fictional becomes irrelevant – he recreates a complex scene with structural precision and pathos.

Opening June 25th, 4-8 pm

Exhibition open June 25th - July 13th 2016

 

 

 

 
Given Time
 
Sascha Pohle

 

Introduction by Tom Baxter

 

On a late 19th century summer’s day, a young French anthropology student received a gift from his professor who had recently visited China. It was a fan, an object common to East, West and everywhere in between. But this fan, made of intricately woven bamboo, was special. A question stuck in the student’s head; ‘who’? Who had made this object? Who had given it to the professor? Who had been cooled by its breeze? It was as if this one everyday object contained fragments of multiple lives. He set it on his desk, continued to mull the lives of his Chinese fan, and began 

to write.

 

At around the same time, a young German student was given a far more modern tool, a camera. He turned its lens on his focus of study, the architecture of the natural world. Later, as a teacher, he shared these images with his students, and with those who would later gaze in wonder at his book Art Forms in Nature.

 

In 2016 a copy of the same book turned up on the bookshelves of a Beijing artist residency. ‘For M.’ was scrawled inside its cover.

 

As if blown by the flick of a fan, this story starts to circle: A German artist who receives a grant to visit China finds himself flipping through a collection of plant photography found on a bookshelf. In Luoning, Henan, a lady named Lailai weaves bamboo in the fashion of the French anthro-pologist’s fan. The artist sends her images from the book, which she weaves into tangible objects.

Given Time is a new project by Amsterdam-based German artist Sascha Pohle. The project consist of three new works: a video, a series of hybrid objects and a performance which place during the opening on Friday, August 26th. The title Given Time forms the frame of reference, in which Time and Gift function as two relevant notions for this exhibition.

 

From the outset, Pohle draws from a series of sources – the French cultural anthroplogist Marcel Mauss' theories on gift giving and reciprocity, the tradition of flower baskets as gifts for inaugurations in China and Korea, Karl Blossfelt's photography of plants from the early 20th century and woven hand fans collected from all over China – to create an intimate and sophisticated space in which the connections between guest, host, donor and artist are examined and superimposed onto a new set of works in multiple media.

Opening June 25th, 4-8 pm

Exhibition open June 25th - July 13th

 

 

 

 
24/7
 
Wang Guangxu

After midnight, on 1st of October, Wang Guangxu’s project at Blacksesame Space is open for the public.
In the next two weeks, the gate of Blacksesame Space is open for you at 24 hours. You can come to see the exhibition at any time. 
15th of October is the closing day with a reception. We welcome everyone who would have been here to join together at HeiZhima Hutong 13 to discuss about their feelings for this project.  

 

Wang Guangxu @ Black Sesame Space

October 1-15, 2016

 

 

 

 
24/7
 
Wang Guangxu

After midnight, on 1st of October, Wang Guangxu’s project at Blacksesame Space is open for the public.
In the next two weeks, the gate of Blacksesame Space is open for you at 24 hours. You can come to see the exhibition at any time. 
15th of October is the closing day with a reception. We welcome everyone who would have been here to join together at HeiZhima Hutong 13 to discuss about their feelings for this project.  

 

Wang Guangxu @ Black Sesame Space

October 1-15, 2016

 

 

 

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Institute for Provocation

4/F, Suit B7-3A, 706 North 1rd St.,

2 Jiuxianqiao Rd (798 art zone),

Chaoyang District,

Beijing,

CHINA

 

激发研究所

北京市朝阳区酒仙桥路2号(798艺术区)706北一街B7-3A,4楼。