兼容的盒子计划第一百零二期 bazaar compatible program #102
31°12.246'N 121°25.010'E
第十六间房间 16th Room
乌尔琴策划 curated by Carola Uehlken
宋兮 Song Xi
2015/09/28 - 2015/10/11
行为表演 performance 2015/09/28 - 17:00

安顺路98号小商品市场内26号铺 Shanghai, 98 Anshun Road, stall 26

The bazaar is a very common type of a chinese traditional market. It's a public organized place with different shops, trading ordinary objects. One can find everything usefull for the everyday life. Even the smallest objects inside this market are mirroring the needs of the people coming and buying those. The neighbors inside this market build an ecosystem which is representative for urban culture.

In this kind of environment it is very interesting to find the projects inside the bazaar compatible program, because it brings a strangeness into this reality based context. This space gives the possibility to refresh the language of art and to test it. This is the reason, why I wanted to participate.

I am standing in the middle of the space dressed in white pants. A stick is placed sideways between my head and the wall. The balance of the stick depends on the stability of my body. And I stand there balancing for three hours or more. From the next day on a video of this performance will be broadcasted in the neighbor's shop, while inside the box one can still see the stick on the wall.

This space is different from the experiences in everyday life. The property of my body and the space will become a language in itself. The stick is a specific tool but at the same time it becomes a medium to abstract. My own acceptable limit is questioned and may be interpreted from the audience. The visitor is confronted with an experience that disrupts its known normal and natural judgement. The visitor must rethink its known structures and is exploring the familiar at the same time. In this moment the cruel reality transpires behind the absurd comedy.

Song Xi
Shanghai, september 25, 2015