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Inhale, exhale, rest & repeat. In a global city of over 25 million people, it’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind of Shanghai without thinking twice about present-day issues plaguing our global community. Yet “Welcome to Today”, a joint effort from Beyond the Bund and The Dirty Panda Society brought many global issues to light while encouraging the local community to interact and take action. With each day centered around a key theme (Societal Engagement, Discovering Cultural Identities, Environmental Cues & Concerns), Welcome to Today was more than an exhibition —it was an experience.
Held at The Foundry, the flow of the space encouraged a mindfulness of natural resources, consumer trends, and societal array. With the installations, performance art, film screenings, and workshops capturing the idea of the day, visitors couldn’t help but take notice of the conditions often ignored in our present-day world.
“Beauty + Mayhem” by Trillion Rexford
Adrian Tyus, who credits his works under the alias Trillion Rexford, said the original concept was designed with community awareness in mind. “I wanted to theme the works around my personal experiences and witnessing of nature’s decay and overconsumption.
“The Fish” by Trillion Rexford
I felt nothing spoke truer to mankind’s destruction of planet and self as Rexford’s piece, “The Fish.” A sensory overload, the work featured a plate of fish that had been eviscerated; its stomach contents containing objects like drinking straws, bottle caps, a fingernail clipper, and maggots. I liked this piece as it highlighted the conditions of our oceans and the waste that affects aquatic life. But on the flip side, it could also be seen as an expression of human consumption as society continues to consume in such a way that is slowly causing our own demise.
“By Product” by Jared Mimm and Jack Zeeff
Though some aspects of Welcome to Today illuminated current problems impacting society, the sense of community fostered through conversations and performances encouraged solutions.
“Put it Back” by Vita
Jonas Merian held an informative session on how upcycling has transformed the way individuals view waste materials, and had some of his biscuit tin light fixtures featured in the space. Anne Ursinus and Nitin Dani led a dynamic dialogue in relation to sustainability and the work that Green Initiatives has been doing in and around Shanghai. Encouraging individuals to take part in their useLESS water campaign, the duo reinforced the idea that living sustainably doesn’t need to be incredibly daunting but it does begin with a conscious awareness.
“I wish I was here” by Fred Farrow
Much of the action art featured remarkable individuals whose work not only encapsulated the themes of Welcome to Today, but encouraged interaction whether through voting on immigration issues in Fred Farrow’s “I wish I was here,” assisting a wanted man evade capture in “The invisible man” which highlighted local live performer Zac, or participating in a healthy exchange of ideas among those present.
“The Invisible Man” by Zac
“Rite” by Jared Mimm and Dannie Zhang
I found myself in several engaging conversations including one on duality after “Rite |天记” from Jared Mimm and Dannie Zhang |张黛妮. Inspiring a variety of interactions, “Terra Mater” was an undeniable personal favorite of the weekend.Estel Vilar of the Illumin8tors led a discussion regarding the notions of nature and self before segueing into collaboration with Daniel Rojas on guitar. A sound and movement dialogue on the relationship humans have with the environment, the performance left me with a heightened connection to Mother Earth and all of her inhabitants. Afterwards, I talked to a fellow participant that shared a similar sentiment.
“Terra Mater” by Estel Vilar and Daniel Rojas
Foreign to performance art, “It was weird for me at first, when she put the mud on me that was a really nice experience. I felt like her body and action was connecting everyone in the room through an energy.”
“Silence” by Baiba Rozenfelde and Pauan Soares
After a fruitful endeavor in bringing the local community together for a creative expression of contemporary issues, what’s next for Adrian Tyus? “I am currently in post-production of my first feature length documentary, Sunwudian,” revealed the interdisciplinary artist. The film, taking place in China’s Anhui province, reveals the stories of local villages dealing with social disenfranchisement and the constant gamble with conglomerated interests. Tyus is also nearing completion on a second film, Operation: Resurrection, a behavioral case study that features key community influencers, educators, and artists from his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan, USA and surrounding areas. Both projects are set to be complete sometime next fall.
Video Installation “Let Them Talk” by Trillion Rexford
As for Welcome to Today, it was a reminder that every day is an invitation to become enlightened. That every day we are presented with the immense changes and challenges impacting today’s world. And every day we have a choice: to continue listening and watching or to truly participate and engage with our global community.
“There is a Fly in the Room” by Trillion Rexford
this was a mixed media pop up exhibition: call to comm-unity and expression.
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In March, I initiated the idea of putting honey back into the hive and sending it to the tree.
Someone asked me why I had to do this.
In the past two years, I have tried to understand and accept all this, but continue to lose, do not know how to understand all the sudden changes in the people who once thought it was beautiful.
Maybe I just want to see a honeycomb in the city’s tree, and maybe I just want to be a bee.
This idea tortured me for more than a month. I have to do it.
It is divided into two parts
Time: April 13, 2017 14:20
Venue: a tree in the park
I put a honeycomb filled with honey into the tree branches. People looked at me and climbed a tree.
Time: 20:17 on April 30, 2017
Venue: a tree in the park
I found the hive in the night run is still in, but the above long insects.
Now look, it should be able to find it.
Time: April 16, 2017 18:10 to 19:03 pm.
Location: A small gallery in Jing’an District
Act: Put it back
Originally, I was going to put the honeycomb on the tree in the city, and eventually, when I saw the site, I felt very good.Honeycomb is never just on the tree.
I put the honey back to the hive, the honeycomb back to the tree or under the eaves, is a reverse process.
Put back to the place is not as simple as I imagined, with the mouth of the honey inhaled straw, and then blown into the honeycomb from the straw one hole, is a test of lung capacity thing.
When I hung the hive to the beam, the honey fell from the hive, dripping on the ground, body, hair.
“You can taste it if you want” During the show, there was an audience reaching out to the honeycomb to taste the honey.
The toilet paper on the ground is not clear to the unknown.
This is a test of lung capacity thing.
Honey dripping on me. I continued to put the other honeycomb back, I put a total of six hives.
The above pictures are photographed by photographer Koshi. grateful.
The end, it’s the last look
When an act is over, it is no longer my own. The original intention of producing this behavior is not the most important. It can lead to follow-up thinking I cherish. My or the viewer. That day on the way back, hair and clothes sticky, and I carried a pile of things out of the subway mouth, I heard a motorcycle driver in front of the loud voice singing, and instantly feel good.
Impressive is that after the end of a few days, a viewer with a micro letter sent me feelings:
Your behavior makes me realize the beauty of passing. Our time is a one-way flow, our reincarnation before you perform, I think it is also one-way. But your behavior inspired me, is there such a time and space, its time is our mirror of the world, or everything is carried out in reverse. Or reincarnation, the same can be from the beginning, or all the time, the cycle did not start, our time is a circle If the beauty of things, in turn, thinking about what will be like?
- Team Zuo Strange
Shanghai Project | Shanghai seed in September 2016 started by the Lee rain and Hans • • Ulrich Obrist joint planning, the second chapter mainly exhibition presented in the form of, named “the documentary of the same name seed time ” , Will be held on April 22, 2017 in Shanghai Himalaya Art Museum opened. In response to the documentary’s call for immediate action to improve the current climate, the exhibition “Time Seed” attempts to better understand the current urgency by integrating art, literature (science fiction), science and technology, sociology, environmental science, biology, medicine and other disciplines the environmental and social issues , to explore a sustainable solution.
“The strange thing is that I did not hold the hand from the beginning,” the best time to record the body, “the attitude to shoot the human body. Like doing other things, in this matter I have never been confused. Recall the initial motivation, It is only one day, suddenly aware of my body want to speak, and then has been said now. “- After the previous microblogging to see this last year to write this paragraph, with the map is the end of 2013 a back. Now is 2017 , did not think I took so many more than four years.
Compared to the so-called “human beauty”, “the best time”, I care more about is the “time” – who I spent time with my body in this world experience time, I and myself / the world The time of the dialogue … … I am easy to be some of the “metaphysical” temptation, I am obsessed with those who fleeting but it seems to be able to hold things forever.
The first three years I am in a more dramatic form of personality, appear in the image. By the fourth year, I tried to play a more simple “experiment” – from (this year 2017 in 4 Yue 17 date), I intend to take a nude every day, or the self-timer to shoot him, with all the day my status (This time, place, who shoot, what we said at that time, what I was thinking), this plan I call “body and time”, has been photographed “I Think it should end “so far.
April 17, 2017, I live in the house, shoot: small coffin
I just came back from the field to shoot back two days, the coffin just to Hangzhou film, live my home.
That afternoon the sun is very good, but we are very empty, every time I come back from the field, my mind is very empty And just down from the train she was also some spiritual lax. We have not shot together for a long time, and this is probably the first time this year, more seriously took a picture.
April 18, 2017, “I shoot girl” bus, shooting: small coffin
The next day we sleep at noon, to find our friend Kang Liang play. He bought a bus for his company, the appearance of the brush into a pink, the inside is the magic of silver. The weather was hot, we finished the film, paralyzed on the sofa, drink an afternoon of ice milk tea.
April 1917, I live in the house, self-timer
This day the coffin out of the film, I still house at home. Sitting at the window and listening to Beethoven. I particularly like the afternoon, it is like a midnight, like a never ending the world. I took a picture of my own feet, watching the photo laughed, like the completion of a mischief, which is naked so, certainly someone will ask Then maybe we can all rethink what is nude.
April 20, 2017, I live in the house, shoot: small coffin
Coffin in my home patting film, I simply get up, play in the living room, play with my cat
She had just turned down from the bottom of a small branch of wild flowers back, I put it in the shirt buttons, use it tease cat.
April 20, 2017, I live in the house, shoot: small coffin
That day we were playing at home mahjong at midnight.
Doll called Jenny, from a very distant year, and broke once, and repaired again.
Bookshelves and chairs are when I was in a house when the home, then the master do their good, moved to my house, a door and asked me, “You live alone,” I said, “there are only cats.”
April 21, 2017, Lu Jia Tan village road side, shooting: small coffin
That night set up a hand, half-way to accompany friends to take things home. She lives in a very partial village, starts the car like a punk, and makes us all dizzy. She parked her car at the door and took her in the room. We found that the red light to look good, ah, with a cell phone took a picture.
April 22, 2017, I live in the house, shoot: small coffin
Just playing the card, I am ready to sleep.
April 23, 2017, I live in the house, shoot: small coffin
She lived in my house for seven days, and we played the mahjong almost every day.
And only when playing cards, my mind was a little bit to live a little bit.
I like this game too much, and I like to let my brain burn up.
Tick tock, tick tock. Day in. Day out. It goes on.
First, at the beginning, it was by itself, wild and free.
Then man came, and gave birth to a new kind of creation.
Still it wraps itself around man, but at what cost ?
In this mix media exhibition and action art demonstration Beyond the Bund & The Dirty Panda Society present you with ‘Welcome to Today’. An exhibition that depicts elements aimed to ignite awareness of natural resources, consumer trends & societal array.
Beyond the Bund 和 Dirty Panda Society将联合举办“欢迎来到今时今日”主题活动，通过混合媒体展览以及行为艺术表演向大家呈现自然发展与人类变化。希望提高人们对自然资源，消费趋势以及社会发展的意识。
This event is in no way single faceted, with performing arts, a/v installations, debates and workshops gracing its 3 days. Each day will cover a key specific theme relevant to contemporary ideology: (day 1) societal engagement,
(day 2) discovering cultural identities (day 3) environment cues and concerns .
throughout the day you can expect to view site specific art installations, be part of open bowl discussions with local intellectuals as well as interact in different action art performances; demonstrations that encapsulate the ideas and statements presented each day.
In addition we will be hosting up-cycling and compost workshops. Attendees will be encouraged to bring along a bag of DRY WASTE and curate their own own installations from it.
This event is designed to survive not on simply listening and watching but interacting and doing, participation is the underling veins of the concept. At first it drives the consciousness to be frighten by the alluring changes and challenges in our present day world, However the move to enlightenment is a process that needs to be shared. we hope you take the time to join us!
WELCOME TO TODAY – daily schedule
April 14th, Friday: Societal Engagement *
(1) Welcome Reception: concept introduction begins at 5pm.
Action Art Series begins at 7pm
(2) Film Screening:
“let them talk” by Trillion Rexford
April 15th, Saturday: Discovering Cultural Identities*
(1) Dialogue: sessions begin at 12pm
Eve Samyuktha Thyagarajan (Trending Veganism) 12pm
Jonas Merian (Up cycling Today!) 4pm
Fred Farrow (Stories of discovery) 5pm
(2) Performance: begin at 6pm
“I wish I were here” by Fred Farrow
“ untitled” by Vita
“The invisible man” by Zac
“Co-creation” by Baiba Rozenfelde and Pauan Soares
(3) Film Screenings:
“Dreams” by Akira Kurosawa 1pm
“Samsara” by Ron Fricke 3pm
April 16th, Sunday: Environmental Cues and Concerns*
(1) Dialogue: sessions begin at 12pm
Alizee Ccm (Zero Waste Shanghai) 12pm
Nitin Dani & Anne Ursinus (Green Initiatives) 4pm
Estel Vilar (Illuminators) 5pm
“Terre Mater” collaboration by Estel Vilar & Daniel Rojas 20mins
(3) Film screening:
“Before the flood” by Fisher Stevens 1:30pm
The event will be held at Maison 115, on Jiangxi Lu, (on the cross between Jiangxi Lu & Sijing Lu – East Nanjing Lu station). It starts on Friday the 14th of April at 11:30am to 9pm. The Event will go on for 3 days and end on Sunday the 16th of April 9pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
TIME & Date: 11:30AM-9pm Friday 14th – Sunday 15th
LOCATION: Maison 115 (Jiangxi Lu and Sijing Lu), near the Westin on the Bund.
TICKET (Including 2 complimentary Beverages)
Beyond the Bund is an experience led productions collective,
with the sole purpose of empowering people in shaping the future. We curate thought provoking events by presenting high caliber speakers, electricperformances and stimulating interactions, striving to root a fertile landscape of positive initiatives in
Dirty Panda Society* is an international creative collective, made up of individuals from various creative industries from around the world. Founded in 2014 by Adrian Tyus and Andong Zheng while attending university. Originally the pair wanted to establish a platform foundational in community building for non traditional artist (especially those living abroad), providing spaces for artist visits, talks and group exhibitions. Over the next two years the team would expand networks to London, New York, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Berlin, Austin and Portland, initiating a variety of exhibition campaigns within a multi-disciplinary concentration. They’ve chosen to tackle societal constructs in a creative way from advocating new design approaches for rural regions whilst encouraging sustainable values and energy literacy. By doing this, Dirty Panda Society or DPS hope to bring about awareness to relevant themes that shape each of our conceivable realities.
The Dirty Panda Society 是一个富有创造力的国际组织，汇集了世界各地各个创新行业的佼佼者。2014年由正在读大学的Adrian Tyus 和 Andong Zheng创立。创立初始，这对志同道合的朋友希望为一些非传统意义上的艺术家（特别是旅居海外的艺术家们）创建一个平台，为艺术家们的相互来访，交流以及展览提供场地。两年后，他们希望将自己的平台扩展到世界各地，包括伦敦，纽约，曼谷，香港，柏林，奥斯丁以及波特兰等。举办多种多样以多学科为基础的展览活动。他们希望运用富有创意的方法解决一些社会建设问题，譬如：将新型设计推广到农村建设，创造农村可持续发展价值。DPS希望将这种意识传播到相关领域，塑造可行性未来。