Artists and institutions: Cai Hui, He An, Li Xiaofei, Li Liao, Li Zhan, Wei Chengcheng, Social Sensibility Institute
Architects: Wang Jiahao, Li Juchuan, Studio G
Curators: Liang Jianhua, Wang Jiahao, Song Yi
“The man found his boat and came back, marking with signs the route he had followed. As he arrived the town of his county, he called in the Mayor and was urgent in pouring off all that he had heard and seen. The Mayor instantly ordered his subordinates to go to find the village with the fisherman. They looked for the signs, got lost however, and could never find it again.”
–Tao Yuanming, Peach Blossom Spring
As early as the design phase, Times Museum proposed to use “production” as a clue with its corresponding organizational framework. Therefore, the original plan is not a pure physical space, but can be regarded as a methodology for art museums. When confronted with practice, these propositions become part of the context.
Apart from that, the location, the historical and cultural conditions of the museum have become a reality that must be confronted during the process of shaping itself. Although in general, a private art museum’s function always holds a clear definition, the role of domestic art museums in the public domain remains vague. What we can confirm is that it provides public space for research, collection and display of artistic creation. However, such a definition is loaded with crisis. It cannot explain numerous questions it entails, for example, what role does an art museum assumes in multifaceted reality? What are the differences between state and private sector? In this case, the museum needs to redefine itself. Its own “exception” becomes a prerequisite.
Therefore, the exhibitions take the museum itself as a case to reveal all these hidden prerequisites, including its architectural form, practices in different perspectives, and its possibilities in the future. In this structure, artistic creation functions as a link to everyday life; architects are not only space planners, but also illustrators that instigate the viewers’ imagination of the usage of the venue. During the exhibition period, the museum will become a multi-purpose public space that launches an inquiry of its own being by opening up and releasing itself from various paradigms and judgments. It has not only a sense of self-examination, but also courage to confide in the audience.
Banyan Commune Issue.5 Artist Residency #2：What It Meant to Me Will Eventually Be a Memory
December 16, 2017–March 31, 2018
Artist: Henry Tan
Curator: Cathleen Siming Pan
Bangkok-based artist Henry Tan (nicknamed “Ar Liang” during his time in Guangzhou), has become the first participating artist after the open call for the Banyan Commune Artist Residency. Over the course of his six-week residency, Ar Liang carried out a personal exploration of the museum’s surrounding area in the Huangbian Community by playing badminton with local residents, visiting every corner of HuangBian area, searching for repair shops and trying different restaurant everyday.
Through “Ar Liang’s Fix’ Em All,” a unique repair shop, the artist offering free repair and repurposing services for local in exchange for a story or memory about their items. These stories of neighbors-either fragmentary or profound, were then exhibited through the intimate yet distanced medium of sound, offering a common space of interaction for members of the community.
The Banyan Commune project space was then converted into a high-ceilinged repair store and story-sharing map. In this temporary space of memory storage, through a presentation both sincere and full of human touch, the work gestures to the excessive supply of goods and the seemingly uncontrollable consumption habits within and beyond the community vice versa. The items that were organized for the exhibition were then repaired and returned to their owners after the end of the exhibition.
Guangdong Times Museum
Times Rose Garden III
Huang Bian Bei Road, Bai Yun Avenue North
510095 Guangzhou | China