XI·ART MUSEUM (Xi, Stream in Chinese)

 

Xi·Art Museum located in the Lucitopia Town, Fuzhou City, Jiangxi Province, China. A wall-less open-air art museum is planned along a 7km stream in the valleys of Zixi Qingliang Mountain. With tranquil and pleasant environment, it resembles another time and another world. Lying at the foot of the Wuyi Mountains in the Northern side, it is about two hours’ drive from the urban center of Fuzhou. Thanks to its distance from the city center, the natural landscape of Zixi Qingliang Mountain, upon which the museum is planned, has been well-preserved. The dense forest abundant in negative ions and the gurgling stream free of excessive human traces undoubtedly make the Xi·Art Museum one of a kind.

 

Two seemingly distant concepts – stream, a natural inspiration of human art and art museum, the place preserve the memory of life – are interestingly juxtaposed and combined at the Xi·Art Museum by the romantic hypothesis “The chance meeting of the stream and the art museum”. Deconstructing the usual spatial forms and production methods of art museums, the Xi·Art Museum blends in the natural landscape of Zixi Qingliang Mountain. As time proceeds, the relationship among nature, human, and objects will be continuously redefined, organized or updated at the Xi·Art Museum, a living natural museum unfolding its unique future.

 

The Xi·Art Museum is currently in its infancy. It will begin to launch a series of projects and programs, including the Generative Project, Flowing Theater, and Forest School, inviting art practitioners, young designers, and creative groups to reside in the mountains and explore the relationship between nature cognition and sustainable life. In the end, the Xi·Art Museum also raises people’s awareness of the importance of environmental protection and sustainable development through artistic exploration and reflection.

XI·ART MUSEUM GENERATIVE PROJECT

 
The Xi·Art Museum Generative Project is an important and fundamental component of the development of the Xi·Art Museum. Different from the regular operating model of art museums, the Generative Project focuses more on open, growing, and participatory art practices and field research processes. Through long-term exchanges and cooperation with domestic and international artists, the Generative Project roots artistic creations in specific natural fields and contexts, where the creative works will be permanently preserved and displayed.
 
Xi·Art Museum Generative Project is hosted by Lucitopia Town·Zixi Qingliang Mountain and Curated by C-PLATFORM. The Project will announce its annual topics, open call the domestic and international artists through applications by individuals and groups, or proposal recommended by the referrers, and the realization of the selected proposal, contribute to the organic growth of the Xi·Art Museum.

 

 

ANNUAL TOPIC

 

Microscopic Life 

   

Not all life forms are visible to the naked eye.
   
Bacteria, fungi and viruses live inside and on us, influencing all life on earth. Not only do microbes determine our metabolic capabilities and human health, but they are also at the basis of many processes that provide us with food, medicine and materials. We use yeasts for cooking and brewing, bacteria allow for fermentation processes and artists, architects and designers have experimented with the mycelium as a sustainable biomaterial in the creative field. The way in which natural intelligence generates collaboration and connection is possibly even more astonishing.
   
The microscope and other technologies allows us to get familiar with the hidden life of microbes, triggering a new dimension in our imagination and new ways of seeing and understanding the world that surrounds us.
   

Applicant Requirements

  • In the field of contemporary art practice and natural research
  • Open to different type of medium
  • Artists, curators, designers and other creative practitioners and scientists in China and abroad

 

Number of Selected Projects

  • 10-20 pieces/sets

 

Project Supports

  • International/domestic round-trip flight tickets and transportation subsidy [no more than RMB 5,000 per person/group], lodging at appointed accommodations, shared studio space, and food [three meals per day];
  • Selected works will be supported by the Project Material Grant [the amount of funding depends on the specific proposals];
  • Professional support from project assistants during the residency process; Opportunities to participate in various exchange activities;
  • We encourage and assist applicants to apply for international cultural exchange funds to sponsor their proposals.

 

Application Timeline

  • Call for Proposals: August 1st, 2021 – July 31,2022
  • Proposal Review: up to 15 business days from the date of receiving the application materials
  • Implementation of the Proposals Selected: depends on the specific proposals

 

Steps to Apply

 

1. Applicants need to prepare the following materials:

  • Project application form (.docx or .pdf)
  • Project proposal
  • Personal website or portfolio and CV
 

2. Send application materials to : 

  • Official Email : info@c-platform.org
       [Please indicate in the subject of the email:Application for the Xi·Art Museum Generative Project]
  • The incomplete application material submission will be considered as a waiver of eligibility
  • All the submission materials can be in Chinese or English

REFERRER OF THE YEAR

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MA Wen | China

Ma Wen, artist/curator/architect, senior lecturer & head of Digital Media Arts Department, Institute of Creativity and Innovation, Xiamen University. He graduated from art in cult spaces in Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany from 2002 to 2008, received BS in Architecture in China from 1997 to 2001. His works were exhibited at the 14th Fellbach International Sculpture Triennial, ``Youth Art in the church space St. Lukas`` in Munich, Germany, etc. His curatorial practices were ``The Time That Remains: Room No. 6`` at the Goethe-Institut in Beijing,``Nostalgic Future``, “The Unnameable City - German Video Art after 2000`` at Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, etc.

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Jo Wei | China

Jo Wei is a curator and researcher, and is also the founder of the Pan Bio-art Studio(PBS). Wei is currently a researcher of Art, Science and Technology(AST) in the Central Academy of Fine Arts(CAFA). Her recent research interests include BioArt, EcoArt, and the history of AST, etc.

Among the list of her many curations are Bamboo as Method (2021), Quasi-Nature: BioArt, Borderline, Laboratory (2019), Ars Electronica in Shenzhen (2019), and Ethics of Technology (2016) and Post-Life(2018), respectively part of the first and second editions of the Beijing Media Art Biennale. She is also an International Adviser for the European Commission’s STARTS Prize (2019), and the member of the International Program Committee of ISEA (2020), the Member of Scientific committee of he International conference CONSCIOUSNESS REFRAMED (2019) and the acaemic committee of The Thinker.

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WANG Che | China

Independent curator, born in Handan in 1986, now living in Beijing. Since 2010, he has been engaged in art review writing and curating, focusing on flowing, thinking and launching projects in different landforms, and emphasizing process and overall perception with the idea of walking and curating. Planned exhibition: “Take A Few Steps Back: from the results to the cause of the reduction”, “Strolling along the Discernible Min Jiang”, “Wild-lands”, ”Desert Residency, “Stroll:Yan shan Mountain”,“Time is irreversible”,“Black Gobi Project”,“Lost in encountering” and other projects as well as individual and group exhibitions of artists.

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WANG Xiaosong | China

Art critic, Curator. Wang received his doctorate from the Chinese National Academy of Arts in 2015. He has worked at He Xiangning Art Museum from 2006-2012, and engaged in post-doctoral research at the Tsinghua University from 2015-2017. Wang curated and participated in several important exhibitions and art projects, such as The Art and Life of He Xiangning: Mapping, Illustrating, and Documenting the Landscape of History-the Ten-Year Anniversary of the He Xiangning Art Museum, Hypallage: The Post-Modern Mode of Chinese Contemporary Art (OCT Art and Design Gallery), Asia Cruise: Evidence (Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts), Zhou Chunya: New Works (Macau Museum of Art), Utopias/Heterotopia-Wuzhen International Contemporary Art Exhibition (Wuzhen), Xu Bing Solo Exhibition (Wuhan United Art Museum), Now Is the Time: 2019 Wuzhen Contemporary Art Exhibition (Wuzhen). Since 2011, he has started to write art review columns for Chinese Contemporary Art News Magazine, Hi Art and DBL. His books include Under the Sight and Kan Tai-keung: Shen Du Xin Dao -- Design, Art and Education Based on Chinese Culture (coauthor).

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Yasmine Ostendorf | the Netherlands

Researcher, Curator, and the Head of the Lab for Nature Research at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (NL). She has been undertaking research across Asia, Latin America and Europe on artists proposing alternative ways of living and working. She has extensively worked on international cultural mobility programs and on the topic of art and ecology, having worked for expert organizations such as Julie’s Bicycle (UK), Bamboo Curtain Studio, Cape Farewell (UK) and Trans Artists (NL). She runs the Green Art Lab Alliance, a network of 45 cultural organizations in Europe and Asia that explores, questions, and addresses our social and environmental responsibility. She’s the initiator of the Van Eyck Food Lab (2018), and Future Material Bank (2020). She is the author of the series of guides “Creative Responses to Sustainability” published by the Asia-Europe Foundation (SG) and the Ecologic Institute (DE).

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YANG Jian | China

Yang Jian has worked primarily in video and installation. He received a BA (2004) and MA(2007) from the Art College of Xiamen University and was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie Van beeldende Kunsten in Netherlands from 2009 to 2010, supported with funding from Stichting Niemeijer Fonds (NL). He won the Judging Panel Special Award of HUAYU Youth Award in 2015. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions in international and national, such as:ZKM | Center for Art and Media (DE); NJPAC | Nam June Paik Art Center (KR); UCCA | Center for Contemporary Art (CN); PSA | Power Station of Art (CN); NAMOC | The National Art Museum of China,etc.

What News

Intellectual Property

The selected works will be presented in the permanent collection of the organizer, and the copyright of the work belongs to the author;The author must be the original author of the proposal and enjoys copyright in accordance with the law.

The author guarantees that the submitted proposal will not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other organization or individual. Any disputes incurred, all legal liabilities and losses to the organizer shall be borne by the author;The organizer has the right to promote, publish, exhibit and give proposal implement suggestions for selected projects and works.

 

The Environmentally Friendly Principle

In view of the principle of sustainable development and the location of the Xi·Art Museum in the natural woodland of Qingliang Mountain National Park, were commend that the works proposed utilize renewable, green, and natural materials.

 
Additional Notes

Due to the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, if the author of the selected proposal cannot make the trip because of the public transportation lockdown, the project staff will have further communication with the participant for the implementation of the proposed project, to coordinating the realization of the selected project proposal.

Due to the project site is located in a rural and natural wildness environment, participants are requested to strictly abide by laws and regulations, local customs and traditions, take care of local flora and fauna, and be aware of safety precautions during the stay in Lucitopia Town.


    
HOST:

Lucitopia Town, Zixi Qingliang Mountain
    

CURATE:

C-PLATFORM Institute
 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Green Art Lab Alliance (EU), China Residencies, Chinese European Art Centre, Trans Artists, TAL (BR), On the Move
 

 

LUCITOPIA RESIDENCY PROGRAM

 
The Lucitopia Residency features an international residency program planned and initiated by the C-PLATFORM that involves researchers and practitioners from different backgrounds of interdisciplinary and mixed-media studies to explore the possibilities of specific spatial fields. The Lucitopia Residency programs include different types of urban and rural spaces, natural fields, and special geographical environments. By focusing on specific field characteristics, problems and demands, it invites practitioners from different disciplines to join the resident creation and research, and share experiences on topics such as future ecology, nature stories, organic urban and rural, sustainable life based on the local environment and context.