May 19th, 2015

No Air, No Art!

Resonance Plan 14th Station – No Air, No Art: Contemporary Art Exhibition

Exhibition Period: May 19, 2015 – June 30, 2015
Opening Time: May 19th, 2015 at 3:30 pm
Venue: Beijing Museum of Contemporary Art
Academic Committee: Qin Feng and Marlene Donohue
Curator: Su Duozhuang
Curator Assistant: Lu Manni, Tong Wenyu
Organiser: Beijing Museum of Contemporary Art
Participating Artists: Chen Taiyi, Dayu, Jiao Yu, Jiang Tong, Liu Xudong, Li Yonggeng,
Lu Zongping, Sun Huawei, Song Wei, Tang

Curator Statement

‘No air, no art’ is a fighting stance and a declaration of action.
Ancient Greek philosophy listed air as one of the basic components of all things in the world. The thinkers of the Spring, Autumn Period and the Warring States Period in China abstracted the concept of Qi and became the basic element of all things in heaven and earth. Humans and all living things, energy of life, is also known by “gas”.

Technology and industry are a double-edged sword that brings convenience to human beings and also causes great damage to the environment and air we live in. Starting in 2013, “Smog” became a a household name. According to data from Baidu Encyclopedia, in January 2015, there were only 5 days where the city wasn’t shrouded in smog. Less than 1% of China’s 500 largest cities meet the World Health Organisation’s recommended air quality standards, while Seven of the 10 most polluted cities in the world are in China.
If there is no longer any air, what will come of art?
As the fourteenth station of the resonance plan, the ‘No Air, No Art’ contemporary art exhibition is an interactive international project in which ideals and reality entangle, negate and expectation coexist. The two-month display time will vary according to the specific needs of the surgeon are divided into a number of spatial and temporal units, each unit being freely controlled by the artist performing the project. Throughout this series of time and space units, the entire exhibition will showcase and link each artist’s independent artistic practice, presenting topics such as life and environment.