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31 五月

from ArtSlant,Posted by ArtSlant Team on 29-05

http://www.artslant.com/cn/articles/show/23594


forget art is a loose artist collective, based in Beijing, and initiated in 2009 by Chinese artist Ma Yongfeng. They focus on intervention-based work, often with a touch of the absurd, promoting small-scale, subtle disturbances in the fabric of society, which they describe as their “social micro-practice.”

As they work by and large outside of recognised gallery spaces, the creation and value of social space has become an important material for forget art. This keys into the long history of nomadism, with particular attention to the local experience in China and its mass population of migrant workers, as well as the international development of the itinerant white-collar worker. So in forget art’s “situations” ambivalence towards the fixed location comes through, feeding into their approach to production and presentation, and their feeling that sometimes it is necessary to “forget” in order to proceed. As Ma quips “That’s also why we don’t need any space – because we ‘forget art,’ why do we need any space to do this?!”


forget art made its first appearance at the Dragon Fountain Bathhouse in September of last year, with a group show inserting a collection of minimal works into a temporarily détourned bathhouse in Beijing’s Caochangdi Art Village.
The works appeared as small situations expanding on the idea of an artwork, but always with a standpoint somewhere between the object and the situation. The light touches of the pieces infused the rooms without overly asserting their presence or nature, with male and female areas open to all for a few hours only. At the time Ma explained to me that, “An ‘object’ is just this thing [indicating a cup], but if we draw a circle around it, it’s an expanded object, developed, and it becomes a situation. But we don’t want it to become bigger and bigger, we’re just in the middle, in-between.”



This sensibility has laid the groundwork for forget art’s Guerrilla Living Syndrome (created by Ma Yongfeng, Yang Xinguang and Wu Xiaojun) that began last month. Guerrilla Living Syndrome will be a series of projects continuing to attend to these subtle displacements of spatial and social constructions but applying to wider forms of subject matter. As the name suggests, all the sub-projects will build up to a renegotiation of our social relations based on lived space.

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A starting point for this new project is the effect of the Hukou system on life in China. A Hukou is a residence permit, which gives you rights in the area it applies to. While not preventing you from moving around, as it did in the past, a Hukou makes things like healthcare more convenient in its area; treatment for serious health issues can only be received in your Hukou.

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Although certainly not as draconian as it used to be, the Hukou system represents a strong tie to a “home” area. The psychological and practical issues of accommodation outside of your area become an issue, so the first Guerrilla Living Syndrome project, Youth Apartment Exchange Project (YAEP), picks up on the issues of nomadism seen in the previous projects while providing practical accommodation possibilities for the participants. As Ma says: “People move many times in their lives, and there are also a lot of temporary spaces in the city – Starbucks, hotels, restaurants. We want all spaces to become temporary.”


On a practical level YAEP takes the form of a social website that allows participants to find others who want to exchange residences, and then to share the experience and stories behind the exchange back on the site. The site is not just for apartment swapping though — anything can be shared through this open barter system forget art have constructed.


One effect of this new system is to bring people together, promoting social interaction through exchange. Ma worries about the contemporary tendency of people to live their lives online, weakening real world social bonds. As Japan has its otaku, China has its zhainan (宅男) and shengnu (剩女), recognised as potential problems for the development of society. YAEP addresses this by providing an arena for real-world socialisation through the exchange format, in what Ma characterises as “from Facebook to face-to-face.”


When I put it to Ma that in practice exchanging apartments would perhaps not be easy for many people, he was pragmatic about the issues involved, and also pointed out the part traditional Confucian family values will play on participation. These emphasise your family as your top priority while those outside of it are seen as less important or trustworthy. This background will make exchange with strangers difficult for many people, so to begin with, the project will bring existing friends together to exchange with each other.


These social barriers are what this project seeks to address with its interventions, which forget art see as a route to adjusting society as a whole: “Chinese civil society is not like Western civil society. [Chinese society] can be very cold and selfish… We want to make our projects the starting point to let people accept their value as a citizen, to care about strangers, to care about society, about social responsibility. This is not an art project: it’s a social thing.”



Reflecting the nomadic ways of life, YAEP represents alternative living practices, and although Ma recognises this is “a very utopian way of thinking about society in the future,” nevertheless he feels that taking a lesson from art practice can provide new possibilities in the wider field:

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“In the art world we talk about alternative strategies, but we can expand this to everyday life. In the traditional Beijing hutongs we have shared toilets in every alley; it’s more sociable (but maybe less convenient). But modern life says that having a toilet in your house is the only acceptable value, but that way of thinking is very much like what Marcuse addresses in ‘One-Dimensional Man.’ We want this society to have many different values of living, not just one.”

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Appropriately, this is a long-term project for forget art which they see lasting ten years (or more), and the results very much depend on circumstances; Ma is happy to leave that aspect of the project open:“China has a very sophisticated society, so the results of this are really unknown.”


Starting from the minimal roots of the Dragon Fountain Bathhouse project, Guerrilla Living Syndrome shows that the approach of forget art will always be subtle but with grand aspirations: “We want to make a very small change – to find that critical point, where we can try and get some more interesting things to appear.”


– Edward Sanderson

(*Images: Kevin Cyr, Camper Bike, 2008.  Han Wuzhou, Sofa Cart, 2011. Courtesy of the artists and forget art.)


2 四月

游击寄居症!

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《游击寄居症!》这个计划的主要目是发起一场关于“替代居住实践”(Alternative Living Practice)和“游击建筑”(Guerrilla Architecture)的社会行动和社会实践,它针对的是中国快速发展的城市中关于居住价值观的问题,对约定俗成的观念采取一种不信任的和不合作的态度,并通过每个参与者独特的方式诠释出一种具有游击性的、灵活性的和以时间为基准的(Time-based)居住实践的可能性。

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对于我们来说,在这个时代每个人都是寄居者!所以我们不仅会考察关于个人迁移和城市漂泊的普遍经验,更重要的是让每个参与者通过这种游击性和临时性的经验介入到一种社会的“微实践”中,并以多样化的形式来呈现参与者与众不同的态度和价值观。

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具体包括以下几个项目:

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青年公寓交换

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在我们眼里,世界上所有的住宅都是临时性的,那么年轻人为什么不可以改变一下自己沉闷而呆板的生活,通过我们设立的一个网站互通信息,在不同的城市或者城市内不同区域免费交换居住,甚至互换身份,从而获得人生无尽的可能性呢?

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《青年公寓交换》论坛  http://www.yaep.net

新浪微群 http://q.weibo.com/475344

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违章实践

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这个单元主要是艺术家和其他参与者通过自己独特的方式来诠释一种具有“替代性”的游击建筑或者移动居住模式,并以简单、灵活的方式付诸实施。

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社会作为剧场

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强调艺术家和其他参与者以群体或者个人行为和事件的方式介入到社会这个庞杂的剧场之中,紧紧围绕着社会的热点问题展开一系列的黑色幽默式的追踪。

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发起:马永峰、杨心广、吴小军

组织:forget art

时间:2011年5月16日-2012年5月16日

《青年公寓交换》项目从2011年5月16日开始后无限期展开,所有人均可注册参与。

地点:参与者自行决定,临时通知。

媒体合作:新浪微博

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参与者:

文皆、杨心广、孙原+彭禹、黎薇、吴玉仁、任波、石玩玩、韩五洲、卢征远、马永峰、高峰、于伯公、梁半、杨健、吕智强、申舶良、丁楠、王挣、张小敏、杨照晨……

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Guerrilla Living Syndrome!

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The project “Guerrilla Living Syndrome!” is mainly designed to launch a kind of social action and social practice on “Alternative Living Practice” and “Guerrilla Architecture”, focusing on issues of the living value in fast-developing cities in China, taking a kind of suspicious and uncooperative attitude to the conventionalized social attitudes, while creating various kinds of possibilities of guerrilla, flexible and time-based living practice through each participant’s own style.

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We think that today everyone is a sojourner! So we will examine the general experience on individual migration and city wandering, more importantly, we want to get each participant involved in a kind of social “Micro Practice” through this guerrilla and temporary experience, while presenting each participant’s distinctive attitude and value in various forms.

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Projects included:

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Youth Apartment Exchange Project

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We think that all residences in the world are temporary. So, young people, why not change your tedious and dull lifestyle, sharing information through our new-launched website, changing your residence in different cities or different district in the same city freely and temporarily, or even change your identity, and thus getting endless possibilities in our life?

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Pls visit our website  http://www.yaep.net

Sina Micro Group  http://q.weibo.com/475344

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Regulation-violating Practice

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This unit is to let artists and other participants create their own “alternative” guerrilla architecture or mobile living modes and put them into effect in simple and flexible ways.

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Society as Theatre

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This unit emphasizes getting artists and other participants involved in the complicated theatre of the society through individual actions and events, focusing on social issues and hot topics, while keeping following-up with a kind of dark humor.

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Initiated by Ma Yongfeng, Yang Xinguang, Wu Xiaojun

Organized by forget art

Duration: May 16, 2011- May 16, 2012  Youth Apartment Exchange Project will last forever since May 16, 2011, everyone is allowed to register and participate.

Location: Decided by participant, will be informed contingently

Live Broadcasting by Sina Micro Blog

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Participants: Wen Jie,Yang Xinguang, Sun Yuan+Peng Yu, Li Wei,Wu Yuren, Ren Bo, Shi Wanwan, Han Wuzhou, Lu Zhengyuan, Ma Yongfeng,  Gao Feng, Yu Bogong, Liang Ban, Yang Jian, Lv zhiqiang, Shen Boliang, Ding Nan, Wang Zheng, Zhang Xiaomin, Yang Zhaochen……..

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