BEIJING - Espace 789

Espace 789
Revolution


 
798 Space is a new rising, avant-garde and trendy space that hosts high-level cultural, artistic and commercial activities. It can hold more than 1000 guests with ease:
1000 square meters and up to 9 meters high structural exhibition space + 300 square meters relaxing and eating space + contemporary art book shop + film and video showing area


Located in Dashanzi Art District (original 798 Factory), the heart of a growing art and culture community in Beijing, 798 Space is the center and the biggest space that provide cultural, artistic and commercial activities in the area. It was designed by the East German's architects in the Bauhaus style in the early 1950's. Through the reconstruction and redesigning with the contemporary aesthetics by artists, the space combines the past, present, and future of the "New China" and the unique meaning of the socialistic culture. 
 Revolution is over (If You Want It) - 
"What does "Revolution" mean to you ? There are as many revolutions as there are people for the very cycle of life depends upon it. The Grand Utopian socio-political revolutions of history were based upon a Darwinian world view that placed "man" at the centre of the universe around which all else revolved. This was however a divided "man" for "he" conceived of "himself" as independant from the world "he" lived in. Even the terms that "he" used to speak of "himself" defined the entire species as male and "he" event hought fit to define "his" counter sex as fe-MALE and wo-MAN. "Man" spoke of "himself" as the mesure of all things, a force of nature unto itself. Since Darwin, this "man" has justified "his" actions in terms of survival, the survival of the fittest. Perhaps that was a time in which rape, murder, mayhem, and every other form of opportunism could have been justified within the minds and imaginations of early man but even that I doubt for that early "man" would not have survived outside the cycles and revolutions of nature.
We have since multiplied as a species and now inhabit, in abundance and with excess, every corner of the planet. Our species has grown to the point that it is no longer sustainable and the very same Darwinian logic of "survival" may yet be the very reason the species will not survive.
It's been more than thirty year since John Lennon and Yoko Ono said WAR IS OVER (If You Want It). Unfortunately declarations of war are always made by politicians in abuse of their positions of power thought the manipulation of their constituencies via any means necessary. Most politicians rule through fearby taking advantage of and encouraging social, economic or cultural vulnerabilities and when expedient mobilize that fear into anger and a call to arms.
War is not something that as individuals we have any say over, nor is this choice ours to make. If war be the domain of the political leadership, then its social antithesis is revolution. Historically revolutions, both social and industrial, germinate within the social network and grow out of popular discontent? The individual has a much of a voice under revolutionary conditions as the leadership that rises up from within the masses.
And yet, right now, in 2011, in Europe, the States, and in so many other countries of luxury existence, it could be declared that REVOLUTION IS OVER (IF YOU WANT IT). Put more cynically Revolution is over BECAUSE you want it."
I am Curious Yellow, I am Curious Blue -
He An exhibition at Tang Contemporary art Gallery (ci-dessus)
For this exhibition, He An’s works are more stripped down and bare. Rather than exhibiting stolen neon signs, the artist gives us the left overs. Although the text is longer viewable, the viewer can allude to what was there. For the work above, He An dropped an L.E.D. light-box with the name of Japanese porn star Miho Yoshioka (吉冈美穗) from the top of a building. He has meticulously recreated the smashed work in the gallery. He An mixes low-brow culture to create high end art which comments on today’s commercial cultural industry. He An’s exhibition has opened to mixed reviews. Of course, many viewers wanted to see new works in his iconic style rather than this collection of stripped down and possibly more cerebral installations. On the other hand, it is a positive progression in the artist’s career.  
 789 -
Ancienne usine de matériel électronique destiné à l'Armée populaire de libération de la Chine, l'Usine 789 (le 7 désigne les unités de production de l'armée) a été édifiée en collaboration avec des ingénieurs d'Allemagne de l'Est au début des années '50. D'une superficie de 500 000m2, le complexe à l'architecture Bauhaus est à l'époque constitué d'ateliers en briques rouges reliés par des tuyauteries apparentes en zigzag et des logements d'ouvriers. L'usine a pratiquement cessé sa production en 1990 et les bâtiments ont été abandonnés. Dès lors, le département des beaux-arts de Chine, suivi par des artistes d'avant-garde issus du mouvement du Old Summer Palace, ont commencé à utiliser ou à suatter les ateliers désertés de l'Usine 789. Au début des années 2000, les artistes ont ouvert des galeries et les galeristes étrangers ont fait leur apparition dans le bâtiment. Lors du boom immobilier pré-olympique, le site a été menacé de destruction et de vente à des promoteurs, mais les artistes et militants chinois et étrangers ont mené de multiples campagnes pour pérenniser ce lieu. A la faveur du regain d'intérêt mondial pour les artistes chinois et vu la notoriété de l'Usine 789 à l'étranger, les autorités ont décidé en 2007 de ne pas a détruire.
Lao She Teahouse -
(c) Chavanitas