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Shanghai Project 2

Envision 2116

Ausstellung: Seeds of Time
22. April - 30. Juli 2017

Kuratoren: Yongwoo Lee & Hans Ulrich Obrist


Orte: Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Envision Pavilion, Zendai Zhujiajiao Art Museum

Seit seinem Start 2016 ist das Shanghai Project ein Experimentieren, ein Laboratorium zum Austesten der Grenzen existierender Annahmen sowie zum Nachdenken darüber, wie Ideen über die Beschränkungen individuellen Wissens hinaus erweitert werden könnten. 100 Tage lang wendet sich Seeds of Time [Samen von Zeit] an das Publikum in Shanghai mit einer Ausstellung, einer Publikation und solchen öffentlichen Programmen wie Screenings, Performances, Workshops und sozialen Interventionen. Angesichts der Gefahr eines Untergangs der Menschheit will das Shanghai Project Diskussionen und Aktionen über die Nachhaltigkeit unserer Zukunft im 22. Jahrhundert und das Potenzial von Lösungen durch interdisziplinäre Zusammenarbeit anregen.

Shanghai Himalayas Museum

Seeds of Time

Die von Yongwoo Lee und Hans Ulrich Obrist kuratierte Ausstellung Seeds of Time des Shanghai Project Chapter 2 ist am 22. April 2017 im Himalayas Museum in Shanghai eröffnet worden.

Der Titel stammt von dem gleichnamigen Dokumentarfilm, der ebenso wie das Projekt ein Aufruf zum Handeln angesichts der Situation des Weltklimas ist. Die Ausstellung will Nachhaltigkeit erforschen, um mögliche Lösungen für drängende Umwelt- und soziale Probleme besser zu verstehen.

Seeds of Time ist ein weiteres Kapitel im Rahmen der fortlaufenden Untersuchungen der am Shanghai Project Beteiligten. Mit jedem neuen Kapitel geht die sich immer weiter entfaltende Struktur über das Biennaleformat hinaus, auf das zunächst reagiert wurde. Die Ausstellung präsentiert Werke von fünf Root Researchers und deren interdisziplinären Teams sowie von mehr als 40 anderen teilnehmenden Forscherinnen und Forschern.

The contribution of French anthropologist, philosopher and sociologist Bruno Latour’s team “Reset Modernity! Shanghai Perspective” concentrates on a set of issues that modernity encounters at a time of deep ecological mutation. The project was presented in the format of a series of workshops in May 2017, as a continuation of his long-term exploration of modernity and its multi-faceted discrepancies.

Sophia Al-Maria Root Researcher Team’s performance “The Limerent Object” was inspired by her video work of the same name. The performance combines video, dance, text and an installation in a series of offerings intended to future-proof and bless 2116.

Venturing out into the city in the form of a bus, Qiu Anxiong imagines in “Route of the Future” what shape an underwater Shanghai may take in a century’s time, visually responding to science-fiction writer Ken Liu’s “Shanghai in 48 Hours, a Weekend Itinerary for International Visitors by Roaming Planets Guides, 2116.”

The exhibition will feature documentations of Otobong Nkanga’s project “Landversation,” including images and a video interview. Already fully realized in the fall of 2016, the project began in Shanghai with three handcrafted tables as surfaces and vehicles to support locally sourced materials and objects, which served in provoking conversation.

Zhang Haimeng, Managing Partner of McKinsey’s Shanghai offices, designed an online, game-like experiment to allow mobile device users to invest in the formation of futuristic enterprises. The exhibition will showcase 10 illustrated ideas from the project “Fast-Forward Future 2116,” which was fully realised in Chapter 1 of the Shanghai Project.

Bruno Latour: Reset Modernity! Shanghai Perspective

Otobong Nkanga: Landversation, 2016

Exploring the causes and effects of ecological transformation, Shanghai Project participants, address sustainability through the lens of interdisciplinarity. Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s “EXIT” which was commissioned by the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, co-quantifies and displays global human migratory conditions and causes, and explores their far-reaching consequences. Liu Chuang engages with the research of Thomas Hartung and David Pamies as well as that of Stuart Kim, shedding light on our efforts to find scientific solutions to environmental problems, while also suggesting the limits we encounter. Responding to the role of inventor and visionary Leonardo da Vinci, Li Naihan has developed “Mind Palace,” a virtual reality experience that explores the potential methods and practices of future polymaths.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro: EXIT, 2008-2015

Yoko Ono’s long commitment to spreading peace and love with humanity is embodied in different forms in the exhibition, including the performance “Bells for Shanghai,” sound installation “We’re All Water” and ongoing project “WISH TREE,” offering a glimpse of hope and comfort in the midst of intense discussion about how to affect change. The documentary “Seeds of Time” follows Cary Fowler as he champions the creation of the world’s first global seed vault. Located in Norway and a vital defense against rapid loss of crop diversity, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault consists of a seed collection on a scale larger than any other.

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

Maya Lin’s installation “What is Missing? Empty Room” is a tribute to vanished and endangered species and speaks to a sixth mass extinction. Seeds of Time also includes an homage to Gustav Metzger (1926-2017), a world renowned artist and tireless anti-consumerist, anti-capitalist activist who challenged us to act against extinction. Adapting the WH Auden quote, he wrote: “We must become idealists or die.”

Maya Lin: What is Missing? The Empty Room

Chapter 2, Seeds of Time: Beteiligte
Liste einzelner Forscher und Forscherteams

(Aus Presseinformationen
Pressemeldung, 22. April 2017

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