“昆明菜市场”是一项为期两周,定位于菜市场的综合性艺术活动,它将发生 在有着7百万人口的中国西南城市-昆明。不同的中 国艺术家或艺术家团体将利用视觉、行为和其他媒体形式同公众产生互 动。参与“昆明菜市场”项目的艺术家被设定在特别的场合完成艺术,这 种场合是无数代中国人进行货物交换的中心,在昆明保存得非常良好,但 也正在被现代商业的发展所侵蚀。艺术家需要沿用菜市场的风俗惯例像卖菜人一样把作品展 示在桌子、地面、或任何形式的摊位上。这些作品将被保存几个小时到几天。
“昆明菜市场”项目得到了位于昆明的国际画廊、文化中心 – TCG诺地卡的支持，并由中国和国际策展人合作组织。 策展人将提供指导和资源，在概念连贯性上引导艺术家。艺术家不出售作品。但却被鼓励将观众和特定场域囊括入创作,并同 好奇的观看者们讨论作品想法。两周期间将通过艺术作品、论坛、在线媒体等方式，全面公开的激发对艺术角色、公众角色、市场角色以及传统社区等方面的讨论。
“昆明菜市场”项目致力突破艺术发生场合以及从事 人群的边界。这个事件的观众是和 当代艺术完全没有关系的普通中国公众。这些人去菜市场只是为了购买食物和杂货而不是欣赏艺术。所以对艺术家的挑战就是他们 必须调整作品使之直接和公众及和作品安置环境有联系,因为如果没有关 联就没有交流。这打破了艺术呈现的习惯— 即谁在看艺术和在哪里艺术被欣赏—这直接决定了艺术可以表达什么及艺 术在当代社会的意义。
通过在菜市场完成作品,将打破艺术家对在这个地方所能进行的交换的传 统思维认识习惯。观众大概都会问一个明显的问题,“艺术家 为什么在这里做艺术? ”这个问题提供和开启了艺术 家和观看者的交流。这个作品的目的是什 么? 菜市场的社 区角色是什么? 变化中的经济和文化 规范如何影响了菜市场,对艺术又有什么影响? 通过对环境和处境的深入体会,艺术家能够提供一种新鲜的、具有批评性的并且开放给观众以直接回应的观点。而观看者得以融入当代艺 术,得以挑战自己对于艺术是什么,艺术能做什么的看法。“昆明菜市场”项目的目标是策划这个特 别的情景,用另类的方法达到价值交换。
这个事件由四个策展人（罗菲/中国、Joe Sneed/美国、Orion Martin/美国、朱筱琳/中国）共同组织。我们作为策展人的角色是双重的。首先我们负责日常后勤,包括筹资和宣传。其次,也是重要的,我们将会鼓励艺术家之间，艺术家与社区之间的信息和思想交流交换。交流是整个事件的核心,这为艺术作品提供了概念上的连贯性,也为参与者和社区提供价值。我们也将建立相关网页促进艺术家同公众的交流。
这个项目将在昆明菜市场实施。我们希望所有参与的艺术家 都在8月初的两周内抵达昆明参加艺术家团体活动。活动开始前我们要求艺术家参与同策展人和其他艺术家的在线讨论以确保每位艺术家的作品创作得到充分准备和能够达到紧密联合。除活动事 件本身我们也要求艺术家在事件发生前参与在线讨论及在昆明同 其他艺术家见面。事件中我们将会有一个面向公众的论坛和一次同云南艺术学院学生交流的活动。我们认为社区互动是本次事件的中心。
请简述你的创作方式 请根据你的项目经验和本 提议书的描述预估你参与本事件的材料费。你还有其他需要或 上述没有提及的?
罗菲 Luo Fei （中国）www.luofei.org
Joe Sneed （美国）www.joesneed.com
马睿奇 Orion Martin（美国）www.orionnotes.com
朱筱琳Zhu Xiaolin （中国）www.yangband.com
“Kunming Markets” is a two week event that consists of multiple art projects located in traditional markets throughout Kunming, a city of seven million in Southwest China. Each project is created by a different Chinese artist or team of artists who use visual, performance, or other media to interact with their audience in public spaces. For “Kunming Markets” the artists will present their work in a setting that has served as a center for the exchange of goods for countless generations in China, and which has been preserved particularly well in Kunming, though its presence is diminishing due the advance of modern commerce. The artists will engage the traditions and conventions of this unique setting by installing art on tables, on the ground, in booths, or in any other manner of presentation common to market vendors. Each project may last a few hours to several days.
“Kunming Markets” is sponsored by TCG Nordica, an international gallery and cultural center based in Kunming, and is jointly organized by Chinese and international curators. The curators will provide the participating artists with guidelines and resources to ensure the conceptual coherence of the event. The artists will not sell their work. They will also be encouraged to involve the audience and the site in the creation of their work and to discuss the ideas and intention behind the art with curious viewers. The two week event will stimulate dialogue around the role of art, the public, the market, and traditions through the art projects, as well as discussion forums and online media that will be accessible to the entire community.
Concepts and Goals
“Kunming Markets” aims to push the boundaries of where art takes place and who it engages. The audience of the event is a broad range of the Chinese public that is largely unexposed to contemporary art. These people go to traditional markets with the expectation of buying food and other goods, not of viewing art. The challenge for the artist is to reorient their work so that it directly relates to the audience and the setting in which it is installed, because if it does not relate, it does not communicate. This breaking of habits in artistic presentation– who views the art and where it is viewed– is critical to expanding what art can say and mean in contemporary society.
By installing art in traditional markets, the artist will be crossing long-established conventions of what happens in these places of exchange.
An obvious question that any viewer can ask is, “Why are the artists working here?” This opens up both the viewer and the artist to dialogue around the context of their meeting. What is the intention of this art? What is the role of traditional markets in the community? How have changing economic and cultural norms affected markets, and how have they affected art? By working out of context, the artists can offer a viewpoint that is fresh and critical and open to immediate response by the viewers. The viewers are in position to participate in contemporary art and challenge their assumptions as to what art can and should be. The goal of “Kunming Markets” is to host these unusual situations and to suggest alternative forms for exchanging value.
About the Organizers
This event is organized by four curators, two American and two Chinese. Our role as curators is twofold. First, we are responsible for the day to day logistics of the event, including fundraising and publicity. Second and more importantly, we are here to encourage information and idea sharing both among the artists and between the artists and the community. This dialogue is the core of the event; it will provide conceptual coherence to the artwork as well as value to the participants and the community. We will create a website to facilitate artistic collaboration and communication with the public.
Who Are We Looking For
Because this project will take place in traditional markets, it is an opportunity to engage with audiences who have had little exposure to art. We are looking for artists who explore alternative spaces and new forms of interaction through their work. The art in the event will not be objects, but rather the communication and an exchange of values that arise from it.
This event will take place in the traditional markets of Kunming. We ask that all participating artists travel to Kunming during the first two weeks of August to take part in the group events. Before the event, we ask that artists participate in online discussions with the curators and the other artists to ensure that their work is well-prepared and cohesive. There may also be discussion forums that will be open to the public and a meeting with students from Yunnan Arts University during the event. We believe that this interaction with the community is central to the event.
We aim to have the event take place in the first two weeks of August. However, we may extend the duration of the event if it works better for the participating artists’ schedules. Please mark all of the days that you can be in Kunming to participate in the event. The more flexible you can be with the timeline, the better.
Status of the Budget
We currently have funds for the cost of the market spaces and art materials. We are also applying for grants to cover additional costs, such as travel and modest accommodations. Given that the budget’s size is undetermined, the participating artists will need to be flexible. Please fill out the information below to give us a sense of your needs if you were to participate in this event.
Your Estimated Needs
Housing: Are you willing to sleep in lodging provided by a volunteer?
Travel: What is the minimum cost for you to travel to Kunming?
Other living expenses: Please estimate additional living expenses (food, local transportation, etc)
Based on previous projects and the nature of this project, what do you estimate a material budget would be? Do you have other needs not mentioned above?
Briefly describe why you would like to participate in this event and how your artistic practice corresponds to the goals of the event?
Please send a CV/resume, artist website, or other material you would like to share with us.
Mail to: “firstname.lastname@example.org”
We are planning to hold the event in the following markets:
Yong Hexing market on Hong Shan Nan Lu http://j.map.baidu.com/DoJQf
Luo Fei (CN) www.luofei.org
Joe Sneed(US) www.joesneed.com
Orion Martin(US) www.orionnotes.com
Zhu Xiaolin(CN) www.yangband.com