A Thousand Plateaus Art Space is pleased to announce the opening of the four-year local art practice project Parallel Suspension by the artist group Chen Jianjun + Cao Minghao, as well as the first edition of annual group exhibition project Summer Discovery 2014 on August 9th.
Parallel Suspension is an exhibition project gathering the art programs on the local society during the last few years. Its practice and work strategy always begin from field communication and interviews, and does creations and researches in the way of society interaction and intervention. This exhibition includes the cooperative art project Village Politics Being Watched launched in 2010, the art-involved project A New Way to Explore Liangshan Village curated in 2012, interactive project Gaze from the Top Floor curated in 2014, and River Environmental Art Project undertaken in 2014. Basing on the events between the three places, the new question consciousness Parallel Suspension has been raised. It’s to see the time course of other scenes “countryside, suburbs and urban villages” changing their identities in the practices and extensions of the project. During this process, the hidden factors get evolved into all current problems, to deprive the simple coping thinking of the ability of facing the suspended and haunting historical problems, or to think about the current reality. Thus the question consciousness and text structure can be raised from the local landscape society which was caused by the current “paternalistic” rational planning, as well as the critical concern without any specificity. We also have to rethink, the [international] urban have eliminated the conflicts between urban expansion and the villages. The constant expansion and reproduction brings many potential problems hidden deep in the social structure, hung parallelly and ignored.
Except for a possible dialogic relationship between the specific artwork representation and the viewers, there will also be researchers and practitioners in all areas invited, a series of discussion topics organized and in-depth dialogues conducted, contributing to the generation of public discourse and the continuation of response.