Newly commissioned project by RAM Jasphy Zheng: Stories from the Room

Newly commissioned project by RAM
Jasphy Zheng: Stories from the Room

Curators: Biljana Ciric, Larys Frogier, Billy Tang

Rockbund Art Museum is very pleased to announce our collaboration with Jasphy Zheng on Stories from the Room (Shanghai), 2020, a newly commissioned project initiated by the artist and supported by RAM CURTAIN New Commissions Series.Invited by Larys Frogier, director of Rockbund Art Museum, Stories from the Room is an ongoing work conceived by Jasphy Zheng, who will present her two-year Stories from the Room project as a temporary installation hosted by the museum. Her project will be occupy the museum building during its temporary closure from 2020.11.07 to 2021.01.03. With the current situation of uncertainty, where we are subjected to varying degrees of isolation, the project is a process to connect various places and people together, beginning with the motivation to archive a growing collection of personal writing responding to lived experiences of the current ‘new normal’. Re-defining the engagement between artist, institution and the audience by going beyond the conventional exhibition structure, Stories from the Room will be extended through the As you go… roads under your feet towards the new future research platform initiated by independent curator Biljana Ciric, and the project will be presented across multiple countries including Japan, Australia, China, Kazakhstan, Serbia and Ethiopia.

Initially staged at the CCA Kitakyushu early this year, Stories from the Room was first realized as a response to the outbreak of the pandemic. The project has since expanded as a concept beyond a traditional archival in collaboration with a community of contributors spanning different continents and regions. Through this dialogue, the archive encompasses many different forms and languages through each encounter with a different public space – many of these spaces have faced different degrees of opening and closure that have influenced how the audience is able to engage with her project. Participants have been encouraged to contribute daily to share personal observations, memories, and reflections, with each contributor having a dedicated folder as a permanent part of the archive. In this way, Zheng provides a vital conduit for a diverse collection of voices to convene together in order to express, challenge, or respond to the difficulties of our current situation. Through each iteration, the archive raises different questions, reflecting the divergent realities and experiences of people and places who contribute to the development of this project.

In the moment of closure before the Rockbund Art Museum’s renovation, the artist has fabricated a series of delicately-made copper objects to occupy the space for Stories from the Room (Shanghai), 2020. As custodians of the archive, we will continue the work of updating and regularly maintaining the archive as it grows through the iteration that occupies our space in Shanghai. Scattered across the floors of our empty museum building, the metallic objects add a sculptural dimension to the project for audiences to explore freely. This subtle interaction with the museum adds another layer to the project as slowly, long-lasting ties begin to emerge between our staff and the archive. We sincerely welcome you to join this journey, exploring questions related to the boundaries between public and privacy, distance and intimacy during these uncertain times. May we embrace the uncertainties and challenges together. Please note that we do not accept on-site registration, kindly make an appointment before your visit. Access is limited. For more information, please refer to the rules and information available at “Booking Registration” below.

Stories from the Room (Shanghai), 2020 is produced with generous support from Longlati Foundation.

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Booking Registration

To visit Stories from the Room (Shanghai), 2020 at the Rockbund Art Museum, contributors to the open call related to this project will need to book in advance through email. Booking requests are

subjected to a first come first serve booking process. If unable to attend, these contributors will also receive the ability to transfer the invitation to another person to attend on their behalf. Contributors can contact via email jasphy.opencall@gmail.com for more details related to the reservation procedure. Please note that we do not accept on-site registration. Please contribute in advance and visit the archive in accordance to our guidelines after receiving this confirmation. Appointments are open to RAM members, sponsors and friends. For more information, please inquire 021-63216251. Answering time: Monday to Friday 11:00-18:00.

 

Submission Information

If you would like to participate in this ongoing project, please refer to guidance below:

· Write about your days, thoughts or feelings, at any length and in any language you prefer

· Ensure your submission includes a name, location and date

· Send your writings to jasphy.opencall@gmail.com

· Each contributor will have a dedicated folder in the archive and multiple submissions over time are welcomed

Please note that we are unable to include contributions in the form of image only 

This open call in collaboration with RAM is a two-year project with the deadline of December 30th, 2022. The archives in the space will continue to expand with successive iterations as the project is displayed around the world.

Please note: contributors volunteer free of charge to contribute to this project with the understanding their writing will be visible to different public displays as an on-going project by the artist Jasphy Zheng. Therefore, participants confirm their consent for the reproduction and usage of the content submitted for the display at Rockbund Art Museum, but also including future usages elsewhere as part of a continuous archival project initiated by the artist. Contributors must ensure to avoid the disclosure of private information in the submission. Submissions will not be returned to the contributor and will remain as part of the artwork. Submitted writings will be organized into the archive at Rockbund Art Museum weekly.

 

About the Artist

Living between the US and China, Jasphy Zheng is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice most recently explores the inevitable failure of communication, both on an interpersonal and collective level. Using social installations, unannounced performances, sculptural objects, and artist’s books, Zheng constructs situations as public interventions that aim to raise awareness of our social and cultural environment, both in and out of the context of contemporary art. Zheng graduated with a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.

 

Stories from the Room Project Plan

Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu, Japan, 2020.05.18 – 2020.09.25
Rockbund Art Museum, China, 2020.11.07 – 2021.01.03
TarraWarra Museum of Art, Australia, 2020.08.30 – 2021.07.11
Ethiopia, October 2020 – ongoing
Kazakhstan, End of 2020 – ongoing
Serbia, End of 2020 – ongoing

 

CURTAIN
http://www.rockbundartmuseum.org/en/research/detail/6d5cxBr

As you go… roads under your feet towards the new future
http://wcscd.com/index.php/2020/01/07/as-you-go-the-roads-under-your-feet-towards-a-new-future/

please click to read chinese version

上海外滩美术馆全新委约项目
郑亦然:部屋物语

策展人:比利安娜·思瑞克,拉瑞斯·弗洛乔,曾明俊

上海外滩美术馆很高兴宣布将与艺术家郑亦然展开合作,呈现全新的委约创作项目《部屋物语(上海),2020》。“部屋物语”是郑亦然最新的持续性项目,受上海外滩美术馆馆长拉瑞斯·弗洛乔的邀请,该项目加入美术馆“帘幕:新委约系列项目”计划,并将于2020年11月7日至2021年1月3日在闭馆中的上海外滩美术馆空间限定开放。在一定程度上彼此隔绝的当下,“部屋物语”希望通过在全球范围内征集关于“新常态”(new normal)下个人生活经验的写作,构成一个不断扩展的文字档案,以此在相隔的地区和人之间构建起物理性的联结。我们希望超越传统展览范式,重新构建艺术家、机构和观众之间新的互动方式。与此同时,“部屋物语”将通过比利安娜·思瑞克发起的“要旅行,先修路。通向未来的路在你脚下”研究平台展开漂流,在日本、澳大利亚、中国、哈萨克斯坦、塞尔维亚、埃塞俄比亚等不同国家落地实现。

“部屋物语”是为期两年的项目,最初是艺术家郑亦然在日本北九州当代艺术中心的个展作品,为了回应疫情爆发和隔离期间的孤立感受而建立的一个跨越地域和语言的对话及文字库。与来自不同地区投稿人的合作使得该项目逐渐超越了传统档案的范畴,回应不同公共空间所历经的变化和重启。项目鼓励参与者持续分享个人观察、记忆和思考,并承诺为参与者建立单独档案,将其文字永久保存。郑亦然为多元的声音提供了一个重要通道,用来表达、反思、质疑或是回应难以预测的当下形势。通过每一阶段的呈现,“部屋物语”将不断提出新的问题,映射出文字背后的个体经验与其所在地区的多样现实。

在《部屋物语(上海),2020》,艺术家将利用闭馆整修中的上海外滩美术馆空间,进行特定场域的创作,将收集来的文稿,保存在一系列铜制档案盒中,以雕塑装置的形态分散在美术馆的不同楼层,供观众自由探索。作为档案的保管方,我们会接手档案的日常照看和维护工作,并组织定期的预约制参观,希望通过这一互动,建立作品、美术馆和观众之间的微妙纽带,为项目注入新的意义。我们由衷欢迎你加入这段旅程,共同探索公共、隐私、疏离、亲密,这些概念之间的关联与边界,一起拥抱所有即将来临的不确定性和挑战。本项目需预约参观,不接受现场报名。名额有限,请至“参观预约”了解预约规则。

《部屋物语(上海),2020》由Longlati Foundation特别支持。

 

参观预约

投稿者须通过邮件预约,至上海外滩美术馆参观《部屋物语(上海),2020》。投稿者如无法亲至现场,可将名额转让他人。具体预约细则,将由项目参与邮件(jasphy.opencall@gmail.com)与投稿者直接沟通。本活动不接受现场报名,请提前投稿,并等待邮件确认,按指引前往现场。同时,本项目向RAM会员、资助人和友人开放预约,详询021-63216251。接听时间:周一~周五 11:00-18:00。

 

参与投稿

如果你想参与本项目,只需要:

· 写下你的生活记录、想法或感受,不限长度和语言

· 每篇文字请附上日期、姓名和所在地

· 将写作内容发送到 jasphy.opencall@gmail.com

· 每位参与者都将在档案中拥有一个专属文件夹,我们鼓励长期写作、多次提交

收录形式仅限文字,图片将无法单独转录

此次公开征集为2年期,截止日期为2022年12月30日,空间内的档案库将随着陆续的征集持续扩充。

注意事项:递交文本未来将呈现在多个展览或公共展示中,除了上海外滩美术馆,之后也将作为艺术家作品的一部分在其他场合使用,因此我们邀请参与者确认同意对其提交的内容进行展示。参与者须确保避免隐私信息的透露。文稿提交后将不会退还给发件人,而是会保留为艺术作品的一部分。文本的提交与收录将在作品陈列期间持续进行。

 

关于艺术家

郑亦然是一名跨学科艺术家,现居纽约,北京和上海。她最近的实践主要探讨人际和集体层面不可避免的沟通失败。通过场景装置、临时雕塑、公共介入、社会互动等非物质媒介,她的创作旨于向当代艺术实践与日常生活之间的距离和重叠进行推敲,以此促发尝试。郑亦然的作品常以未声明的方式出现于传统艺术展览场域之外,隐身于日常场景之中,试图在当代艺术语境内外,拓展人们对所处社会和文化环境的认知。郑亦然毕业于美国罗德岛设计学院。

 

“部屋物语”项目进程

北九州当代艺术中心,日本,2020年05月18日至2020年09月25日
上海外滩美术馆,中国,2020年11月07日至2021年01月03日
塔拉瓦拉美术馆,澳大利亚,2020年08月30日至2021年07月11日
埃塞俄比亚,2020年10月起
哈萨克斯坦,2020年末起
塞尔维亚,2020年末起

 

“帘幕” 
http://www.rockbundartmuseum.org/cn/research/detail/6d5cxBr

“要旅行,先修路。通向未来的路在你脚下” 
http://wcscd.com/index.php/2020/01/07/as-you-go-the-roads-under-your-feet-towards-a-new-future/