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Wednesday 5 June 2013

the art-hole

not much blogging lately - in the heaven of dust the mind get's foggy as well...

...lot's happened...

check further posts...SJ

Thursday 2 May 2013

a relict of old times

Our beloved-behated elevator including the elevator woman (dian ti ayi) will shortly be gone.

A relict of old times will vanish.

A new lift is on the way. And the crazy chatty dian ti ayi's voice won't be heard in the gallery anymore.

Tuesday 26 March 2013

BLUE Saturday

this Saturday, March 30, come and join us at the new secret 7 show 


in our club house.

Opening 6 - 9 pm.

English address:

No 48, Lane 248 Taikang Lu, near Sinan Lu, Huangpu district


Chinese address:



Tuesday 19 March 2013


spring arrived on our office table ... and new beginning to come...

Thursday 24 January 2013


while most artsy people in this region are cruising around Singapore for ART-STAGE these days,

we keep fit and warm around the so (in China) beloved ping pong table and  slowly welcome the up and coming holiday season.

Sunday 16 December 2012

La Collection du Centre Pompidou first show in Shanghai

While the Shanghai Biennale is rotting and falling apart in Shanghai's Power Station of Art, the Pompidou Center moved into the 7th floor to host their first time ever show in Mainland China. 

"Electric Fields: Surrealism and Beyond" opened yesterday and a visit there feels rejuvenating. You'll see a well curated show with an educational approach for the chinese audience and an impeccable presentation. 

More here from

ANOTHER exhibit of French art masterpieces will open in Shanghai on December 16, a month after the opening of 19th century French artwork from the Musee d'Orsay at the Shanghai China Art Museum.

The new exhibit, entitled "Electric Fields: Surrealism and Beyond - La Collection du Centre Pompidou," will take place at the Power Station of Art through March 15.

It's the first exhibit in which the Centre Pompidou, a leading museum of modern and contemporary art, has worked with a public art museum in China.

On Thursday, 65 cases containing 102 groups of art, including video, paintings, sculpture and manuscripts, will arrive at Shanghai.

The exhibit will be divided into six categories, each starting with a masterpiece in different themes of Surrealism, including the artwork of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), the father of Dadaism, according to Xiang Liping, spokeswoman of Power Station of Art.

The exhibit takes its name from its venue, a former electric power station, and the first work of literary surrealism, "The Magnetic Fields," written by Andre Breton and Philippe Soupault in 1919. Surrealists frequently use the electric arc and short-circuit as metaphors to illustrate their aesthetics of bringing together ideas or images that reason sets apart.

Shanghai Biennale, which opened October 1, is ongoing at Power Station of Art. The exhibit from the Centre Pompidou is set for 1,000 square meters on the 7th floor. Tickets will be available on

And HERE an art newspaper article about the Pompidou going Global. 

Saturday 15 December 2012

more secret 7 更多“秘密7”

Chris Gills new space "THE SECRET 7 CLUBHOUSE" is perking up for another opening of the "secret 7 artists" showcasing a good selection of local Shanghai-nese artists both chinese and foreigners.


The Secret 7 artist group presents


In this world of lost in translation, confused aesthetics, misunderstandings and obscure references, the Secret 7 explore cultural subtexts of life on the edges of different civilizations in the 21st century.
For this event the artists work will be on show in the tourist area of Shanghai which has 3 million visitors a year. Speaking the international language of contemporary art the Secret 7 hope to expand in some way interaction and understanding between different and diverse cultures.
在这个迷失于解读、困惑美学、误解和隐晦所指的世界中  , “秘密7"立于本世纪不同文化的边缘,探索生活的弦外之音。
本次活动的艺术作品将被展出于一个热门的沪上旅游景点,该景点每年接待300万游客。用国际化的语言表达当代艺术,  “秘密7" 希望扩大不同文化及多种文化之间的互动和理解方式。

The opening is tomorrow, info below the photographs. Note: the 50 RMB curry and one bottle of beer - and every beer after is 10 kuai, a great deal by partner restaurant "The Kommune".

So - no artist will starve and stay dry. We'll warm up with enough to drink and a good time.

some of mine 7 secret photographs and Liu Taos works

here with Caucasso

mixed media
Sunday, Dec 16, 4 pm - 8 pm
House No. 48, lane 248, Taikang Road (behind Kommune)


Thursday 22 November 2012

Shanghai Biennale City pavilions project, a CV-filler? 上海双年展城市馆项目,只是摆设?

On a gray and rainy November day we decided on a Bund gallery tour as well as visiting the Shanghai Biennale City Pavilions that attracted 29 cities worldwide (according to the official website) and brought four handful of international curators to town last September. Despite the whispered problematics during the installation and the opening which did not really happen because doors were already closed at 6 pm on opening night, we were curious to know more about the artistic positions of each city and also the buildings that host the pavilions.


It started with an disappointment on beautiful Yuanmingyuan road, where the shows were badly maintained (videos not turned on at the Lille space with lingering staff that had no information to communicate).  The light of the entire space is broken, as guard told us with a happy smile at the LA pavilion and one other pavilion was not even open. 


Better results were exposed in the stunning yet run down East Nanjing Road Mac Millan Building, that hosts most of the cities. Still, some videos did not run but most was on and moving image. Lot's of guards lingering around,  sometimes not sure if they became art themselves, yet, the all together installation is a bit "heartless" and again badly maintained and significant inspiring art was missing. The question arises: is the Shanghai Biennale City Pavilions project  a CV-filler? It is a pity for the Biennale, the city of Shanghai, the financial funding and the countless hours of work and preparations and pre excitement for the participants artists. 


On view till Dec 31. 


heading down to the Bund on a rainy November day 

storefront of the Lille pavilion 

storefront of the Lille pavilion 
c'mon baby light my fire - absolute pitch black darkness 
c'mon baby light my fire - 黑漆漆的一片

at the LA pavilion 

"lights are broken" said guard with a big smile on his face.

BUT THANK GOD there is Faigo hot pot not far. There you go, art and food don't mix (I thought it did)

Over at the Mac Millan Building 


part of the fake coffee shop? 

fake coffee shop 

only in China: parking guards with armchairs in rain 

Chinese in Africa 

Chinese in Africa 

Art or not art? 

could have been good but did not work or nor work or maybe not work? 
fake shop 
again art or not art? 
from Vancouver 

Guards - bu keyi - bu keyi 
保安— 不可以,不可以


not sure? 

a working video 

more working videos 

a working TV 

not sure 

a fake shop 

"something you have never seen before"  

a guard sitting in the dark

and then my i-phone went out of juice ... 

Sunday 9 September 2012

SmartShanghai features stage候台BACK's Susanne Junker on "My Weekender"!

Check out Susanne's article in SmartShanghai as she takes us through her weekend, talking about alternative gallery spaces, Secret7 at YY's and the crazy Shanghai Art Week that has been. 

Tuesday 4 September 2012

beautiful YY's

YYs has been a popular spot for visiting people working in the areas of arts, literature, film and music over this long period. In the world of metaphor it is akin to losing Shanghai’s Viper room.

SAD NEWS! Us, the former 696 residence, this is something to remember - loosing a space! Yet, how to compare 3 years (my 696 time) to 15 (!) years in Shanghais buzzing madness????


Smart Shanghai covers it HERE

Text below:

It's been a long time coming, there have been rumors flying around for the past few years, but we can now tell you categorically that YY's, the much-loved bar on Nanchang Lu, will close after this weekend. From what we understand, Sunday will be the last day. 

However, all is not lost, the bar will keep its downstairs area, and live on, down there, in new form. The upstairs has been taken back by the landlord (boo, hiss) who will attempt to turn it into another bar. Update: The furniture is being moved into downstairs YY's right now and the bar should be open from this evening, 6pm-6am. There's also a happy hour, 7-9pm, with two-for-one-drinks. So if you head down to the bar, go straight downstairs, the upstairs is closed for show installation tonight and tomorrow. 

YY's is one of the oldest bars in Shanghai that's still going. It's been slopping drinks in the same space for more than 15 years. When it opened, it was one of the hottest bars in Shanghai, regularly attracting a queue down the street for its parties. As the bar and club scene became more crowded over the past 10 years, it became a drinking den and a smoke hole, open 24-hours a day for many years, selling basic food in the tranquil wood-lined upstairs room. The downstairs remained closed for many years but opened again about a year ago, though it's rarely been used. 

This Thursday an art show arranged by StageBACK opens in the upstairs bar and will be shown until Sunday. The show, coincidental with this weekend's SH Contemporary art fair, will feature seven Shanghai-based artists who are "similarly going through a process of renewal and re-understanding," like the bar. 

Cheers to you, YingYang, a truly exceptional bar in a city that has few. Long may you live and prosper in your old subterranean digs.

Sunday 19 August 2012

secret 7 artists at YY's

For immediate release:

stageBACK presents the secret 7 artists during the SH Contemporary
at YY's.
Opening September 6, 8pm - late.
Open: 7-9 September, 14h - late.

More information coming soon!

Sunday 3 June 2012

body noises preps - self dolls are coming alive 身体噪音(准备中)- 自相娃娃要复活了

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