Institute for Provocation has invited 13 artists to transform the last remaining courtyard in Baitasi, Qianchaoshou hutong No 23, into an experimental and experiential space. Drawing from the current conditions offered by the courtyard, a complex and highly textured environment characterised by a long series of rooms and small courtyards, this project proposes displacement and juxtaposition of contrasting artefacts, materials and actions as ways to counteract and reflect on the status of this place and others like it.
Displacement, shift, relocation are words that can describe a contemporary condition in which our individual and collective consciousness incorporates experiences other than our own, in one sense distant and unfamiliar, to become a part of our personal history. Physical places become media, broadcast across physical boundaries to be experienced elsewhere, as a visual flow of imagery complete with its built-in ocular distortion mechanisms. Similarly, as people are relocated to new places without familiar truths, these voids tend to get filled with hopes and fears intimately linked to the experience of otherness.
As a collective art installation rather than a group exhibition, The Aliens of Courtyard 23 will present various perspectives on how to approach the strangely alluring decay of an evacuated Beijing courtyard.
Sep 24 - Oct 4, 2015, open daily from noon to 7pm
Opening Sep 24, 4 - 8pm
Qianchaoshou hutong 23
Xicheng District, Beijing
闫冰 Yan Bing
蔬菜、馒头 Vegetables, steamed buns
米贺 Michiel Hilbrink
古代的雕塑并没有真正裸体 The Statues of Antiquity Are Never Really Naked