The Institute for Provocation’s work revolves around the following questions: How can the practice of an alternative space be part of constitutions of society and contribute to its cultural production? What kind of institutional forms and methodologies can boost value creation? And how to transform the critiques and self-critiques that emerge during the process of collective decision making to a kind of creativity?
IFP tries to produce inter-provocative working network and methods throughout the cooperation with curators, artists, researchers, its residency artists as well as the people who may work in non-artistic field. Firstly, the IFP organizes research, writing, workshop, curatorial and publication activities based on an institutional perspective; Secondly, while assisting residency artists and curators to complete individual projects during their stays, the IFP shall initiatively exchange the concepts of our institutional practice and share the network with them. We reckon that our trajectories would supplement, inspire and irritate each other. Through these collaborations, we aspire to create plenty of meaningful crossings and drawing a more diverse cultural landscape under the operation of the institute as a whole.
IFP provides a platform for local and international contemporary art discourses, exchanges and exhibitions, opening up possibilities for sustaining dialogues between artistic, curatorial, social research and other modes of knowledge production. We also put emphasis on the fluidness in collaborations. Regarding the exhibition space as being one of the carriers of aesthetic, spatial and sociopolitical speculations explored by artists, we aiming towards a process-driven art making. As the IFP works with people from different backgrounds, we would like to introduce international artists to Beijing and link them to other individuals and organizations within our networks. Since the first year IFP started its residency program in 2009, we have provided knowledge and assistance for artists from all over the world and continuously shared experiences of doing artistic research and curating events and exhibitions.
Furthermore, the practices of residence artists are also very important for IFP’s research projects and local art ecology. We are distinctly aware of IFP’s multiple identities in terms of geographical transformation, collaborator distribution, research subject, social engagement, etc. IFP has a clear advantage when getting involved with no matter long or short term projects. The projects IFP does are usually based on the Chinese context at present and they simultaneously absorb and link to new and international situations and resources. This approach gives our work wider pan-Asian and global perspectives that generates profound impacts.