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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 

"BLUE" 

in our club house.

Opening 6 - 9 pm.

English address:

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

 

Chinese address:

黄浦区泰康路248弄48号,近瑞金

 

Tuesday 19 March 2013

spring

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

Thursday 24 January 2013

PING PONG PING PONG PING PONG PING PONG

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 eastday.com:

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 Eastday.com.

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.

李云飞新的艺术空间“秘密7俱乐部”整装待发,为下一个“秘密7艺术家”精心选择长驻上海的中国和外国艺术家。

The Secret 7 artist group presents
 “秘密7艺术家”团体在于展示

HIDDEN MEANINGS AND LATE ARRIVALS
隐藏的意义和迟到的人或事

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".
开幕式就在明晚,具体信息位于图片下方。请注意:50元可供应咖喱食物和一瓶啤酒,此后每瓶啤酒10块。美味的食物由合作餐厅”公社酒吧“提供。

So - no artist will starve and stay dry. We'll warm up with enough to drink and a good time.
所以,大家都不会饿着或渴着。酒管够,希望场子能热络起来,大家能玩的愉快。


some of mine 7 secret photographs and Liu Taos works
一些我的“秘密7“系列照片和刘涛的作品


here with Caucasso


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

星期天,12月16日,晚上4-8点
泰康路248弄,48号(公社酒吧后面)和你不见不散。

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.

在一个阴沉下雨的十一月的一天,我们参观了外滩美术馆和上海双年展城市馆,上海双年展城市馆吸引了全世界29个城市参展(来自官网数据),去年九月全球20个馆长因此来到申城。尽管布展和开幕期间不为人知的小问题不断,事实上开幕式并没有举行,因为开幕当晚6点大门就已紧闭,但是我们很有兴趣更多地了解每个城市的艺术立场和展览馆建筑本身。

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. 

最初参观的展馆位于美丽的圆明园路,但是有很失望,因为展览组织的很糟糕(视频没有打开,地方拥挤,不理不睬、敷衍的工作人员)。入口处的灯坏了,导游笑嘻嘻的告诉我们,洛杉矶馆和另一个城市馆根本不开放。

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. 

在炫目但人挤人的南京东路上,我们看到了好一点的展览:在麦克米兰大厦,集中了大多数参展城市的展馆。虽然还是有些视频没开,好在大部分在放映。很多保安四处晃来晃去,有时候都不确定他们是不是也成为了艺术本身。总体说来,整个展览有一点“无心”,组织的还是很糟,同时没有发现让人激动的艺术作品。至此,不禁想问:上海双年展城市馆项目只是一个摆设吗?这对双年展来说是一个遗憾,对上海这座城市,对投入的资金,对参与艺术家所投入的数不清的时间、准备和期待也是一个遗憾。

On view till Dec 31. 

展览中,持续到1231

heading down to the Bund on a rainy November day 
十一月的一个雨天,驱车前往外滩

storefront of the Lille pavilion 
里尔城市馆的标牌

storefront of the Lille pavilion 
里尔城市馆的标牌
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 
在洛杉矶城市馆

"lights are broken" said guard with a big smile on his face.
 “灯坏了”一个保安告诉我们,脸上挂在灿烂的笑容

BUT THANK GOD there is Faigo hot pot not far. There you go, art and food don't mix (I thought it did)
谢天谢地,不远处有辉哥火锅!如你说想,艺术和吃的最好别混在一起吧(这儿混了)。


Over at the Mac Millan Building 

在麦克米兰大厦结束参观



part of the fake coffee shop? 
假装一半是咖啡店?

fake coffee shop 
假装是咖啡店

only in China: parking guards with armchairs in rain 
中国独有的景观:雨中,停车场的保安坐着扶手椅

Chinese in Africa 
在非洲的中国人

Chinese in Africa 
在非洲的中国人

Art or not art? 
艺术?

could have been good but did not work or nor work or maybe not work? 
本来可以是好的但是坏了,还是本来就是好的但是坏了?
fake shop 
山寨店
again art or not art? 
又一次,艺术?
from Vancouver 
来自温哥华

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

house 
房子

not sure? 
这是神马?


a working video 
放映着的视频

more working videos 
更多放映的视频

a working TV 
一个好的、在工作的电视


not sure 
不确定

a fake shop 
又一个山寨店

"something you have never seen before"  
“一些你也许从未见过的东西”

a guard sitting in the dark
 一个保安坐在黑暗中

korean
韩国人
and then my i-phone went out of juice ... 
然后,我的爱疯没电了...








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.

http://www.smartshanghai.com/myweekender/susanne-junker2012-09-07 

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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