Tianfu Park Lawn | Artist Open Call & Rule Updates
Profiles & Portfolios Submission 7.9-7.25
01 Activating the Public Space by Art
01-1 Ai nati oggi /Alberto Garutti
Ai nati oggi, created by Alberto Garutti and curated by Hou Hanru & Monia Trombetta, is a public art project set in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo to celebrate the universal event of birth, moving a sudden and sincere emotion. The ambitious project connects the square’s lampposts with the Policlinico Agostino Gemelli IRCCS’ maternity ward. Pushing a button on every birth’s occasion – by the Policlinico Agostino Gemelli IRCCS’ ward staff – the lampposts light intensity will increase a bit for approximately thirty seconds before returning to its regular power. Every time the light pulses it means a baby is born: the installation is dedicated to him (or her) and all the newly born that day in the city.
01-2 Liquid Shard / Poetic Kinetics
Liquid Shard was created by Poetic Kinetics, a design group that specializes in large-scale art installations and experiential design from concept through execution and beyond. The installation is located above Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. This is an installation composed of many silver fragments that run through the square and high-rise buildings in the distance. The purpose of this work is not only to beautify the square, but also to combine the beauty of science and technology with the beauty of nature, and it is also intended to bring a shade to the people who stay here. The piece spans 15,000 sq ft. and is comprised of two layers that rise from 15 feet off the ground to 115 feet in the air. As the centre square for downtown Los Angeles, this work was created site-specific to be viewed both from the ground perspective looking up to the sky and from the offices surrounding, looking down. This project allows viewers to slow down, and observe the wind slowly undulating and transforming the piece, similar to watching clouds or observing the slow mesmerizing motions of sea flora. The reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, as just the contrasting rhythm of this artwork to the hustle and bustle of downtown adds something unique and positive to the urban environment.
01-3 CCP Pavilion / República Portátil
CCP Pavilion is a transportable building made of wood designed and created by República Portátil, which located on Independence Square in the city of Concepcion, Chile. Commissioned by the development corporation CORFO Chile, it involves creating a pavilion that can accommodate activities and exhibitions related to the productive and creative sector of the city. The designer created a space that can gather, receive and visualize in high-concurrency urban places. The device presents the image of an inverted speaker, which is also like a space satellite. Various large and small activities can be held inside the device, and it can also be used for citizens to rest and play in their daily lives. In Chilean culture, wooden buildings create a sense of intimacy, while the hut is a local building of the Mapuche people in southern Chile. The CCP Pavilion is a typical example of an art installation that combines local culture.
02 Updated Rule
On the basis of previous stage of designers recruitment, the Tianfu Park Lawn Project looks forward to attracting more participants of different majors and different research fields to collaborate and explore Chengdu, parks and the site together through field research, literature reading, and workshop discussions to stimulate more thinking and inspiration. In order to fully realize the original intention of activating discussion, mutual learning, and co-making, the project arrangement is updated and adjusted as follows:
Design Content & Working Method
The Tianfu Park Lawn Project uses a different method from general design competitions to gather young research and creative forces. Designers will have the opportunity to participate in up to three workshops in order to collectively deduce the renovation design of the original infrastructure of the lawn, the creation of the additional temporary architecture and art installations, and overall content operation plan for the Tianfu Park Lawn through co-making and brainstorming in the workshops.
03 About the Mentor
Tianfu Park Lawn Project aims to integrate unfamiliar individuals into a community of mutual learning, mutual aids, and co-making, so four mentors will participate in the workshops all the way through. They will be the "supporters" who are both mentors and friends, fully communicate with everyone, and act as the guide to the theory and practice of the lawn research and creative community. The designers/artists participating in the project will have the opportunity to have in-depth communication with the mentors during the whole process, and the mentors will give full support to the participants with their own knowledge reserves and academic resources.
Ou Ning is the director of the documentaries "San Yuan Li (2003)" and "Meishi Street (2006)"; chief curator of the Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture (2009); jury member of 8th Benesse Prize at 53rd Venice Biennale (2009); member of the Asian Art Council at the Guggenheim Museum (2011); founding chief editor of the literary journal "Chutzpah! (2010-2014)"; founder of the Bishan Project (2011-2016); a visiting professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (2016-2017); and a senior research fellow of the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research in Boston (2019-2021). His collected writings "Utopia in Practice: Bishan Project and Reconstruction" is just published by Palgrave Macmillan (2020).
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Curator and Critic
International curator, critic and prolific writer, HOU Hanru is based in Paris and currently in Rome where he has been Artistic Director of MAXXI, Italy's National Museum of 21st Century Arts, since 2013. Over the past two decades, he has been singled out for his progressive vision in trying to break free from preconceived, standard concepts. "I always look for things that are not so easily definable", he says. Born in Guangzhou, China, HOU graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and moved to Paris in 1990. After 16 years working as an independent curator and critic, he moved to the US and became Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs and Chair of Exhibitions and Museum Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, positions he held until 2012. During the course of his career, he has curated and co-curated more than 100 exhibitions at leading institutions and events around the world. HOU also consults for and advises numerous cultural institutions, serves on art juries, lectures at international institutions, guest edits art journals and is the author of many articles and books, including On the Mid-Ground (Timezone 8, 2002), Paradigm Shifts, Water and Mcbean Galleries Exhibitions and Public Programs, San Francisco Art Institute, 2006-2011, Curatorial Challenges: Correspondences between HOU Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist (2013). A consulting curator for New York's Guggenheim Museum since 2015, he is also a founding member of Guggenheim's Asian Art Council, a curatorial think tank.
Architecture and Urban Theorist
Prof. WANG Di is an internationally-renowned historian and Chair Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Macau. Prof. WANG was co-editor of the journal "Frontiers of History in China" and serves as member of the editorial board of many other academic journals, chair of Award Committee of Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant for Research in European, African and Asian History, American Historical Association, invited nominator and evaluator for the Tang Prize in Sinology, Life Achievement Award of Studies of the Traditional Chinese Learning, National Humanity Center, Distinguished Research Achievement Award (DRAA) of University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong RAE 2020–Review of research outputs of City University of Hong Kong, history programme of Chinese University of Hong Kong, and so on. He was the invited speaker for numerous distinguished lectures, such as the Distinguished Lecture Series of Advanced Institute of Humanity and Social Sciences (Peking University), Luojia Distinguished Lecture Series (Wuhan University), Hu Hua Distinguished Lecture Series (Remin University), and Lecture series of K.C. Wong Education Foundation (delivered in Fudan University and Shanghai Jiaotong University). Prof. WANG was the President of the Chinese Historians in the United States in 2003 and 2005. Other than serving as a professor in the Department of History in Texas A&M University in the United States, Prof. WANG was also Zijiang Visiting Chair Professor in the East China Normal University and Visiting Chair Professor Jinan University in China, and Visiting Research Fellow in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, National Humanities Center, Institute of Oriental Culture of the University of Tokyo, Center for Chinese Studies, University of California at Berkeley, etc.
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