Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Alternative Spaces


Founded in 1998 in Hong Kong, 1a Space is a non-profit visual arts
organization. It is operated by a program committee and governed by a
board of directors. For operating capital, it relies on donations and
other financial aid, whereas part of the administrative fees are
funded by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. The space has
planned and produced more than one hundred events and exhibitions,
including international exchanges, cultural fairs, interactive
community events, events on art education, art appreciation, art
criticism, and art publications. Previous exhibitions include
"National Museum or Gallery?," "Corner of Dialogue," "Writing Machine
Collective," "Three Pieces of Thousand Layers Pudding," and others.


Founded in Beijing in 2008, Arrow Factory transformed a former
street-side shopfront into a space to regularly host art projects and
installations. One of its objectives is to be visible to passersby
twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. It has held Rania Ho and
Wei Weng's Slice, Patty Chang's Touch Would, Ni Haifeng's Vive la
Difference, Wang Gongxin's It's Not About the Neighbors , Kan Xuan's
Light , Lin Yilin's Big Family: Brothers, Not Comrades , the group
exhibition Just Around the Corner , Li Jinghu's Snowman, Wen Peng's
One-Man Theater, to name a few.

Founded by Davide Quadrio, BizArt was an independently managed
non-profit center for the arts combining art with commerce, as well as
an artist-in-residence program. Its inaugural show "Supermarket: Art
For Sale" was held in October, 1998. At the beginning, BizArt had no
fixed location. In 2000, a company office was set up on Huaihai West
Road. In 2001, artist Xu Zhen joined the organization. In 2002, the
original space was demolished. After moving three times, Biz-Art
settled in the 50 Moganshan Road district at the end of that year. In
2007, with the support of Hong Kong non-profit ArtHub, BizArt also
became a nonprofit. In September of 2010, it was disbanded and renamed
MadeIn Space, an arm in Xu Zhen's multifunctional arts company,

Blackbridge Offspace is an artist-run, non-commercial space in
Beijing, initiated and run by Anna Hofbauer and Bianca Regl. Located
in Bianca Regl's studio in Heiqiao, it invites an artist-curator every
month to visually discuss a contemporary issue of his/her interest.
Curators are asked not to focus on singular positions but to find
linkage between works that designate strong forms of contemporary art


A bookstore established on the campus of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine
Arts at the end of 1993, Borges Libreria had to twice register and
change campus addresses in April of the following year. In 1997 the
store moved to neighboring Xin An Tower (a building in which it would
eventually move seven times). Between 1997 and 2000, it held a series
of contemporary art events; Cao Fei, Yang Yong, Jiang Zhi and Wang
Ningde all had their first solo shows here. In 2003 the bookstore
moved to 95 Yile Road, and in July of 2007, the affiliated
contemporary arts organization and publishing projects became
independent from the store itself, and moved to an old house at 7 Yile
Alley No. 1. Beyond the publication and arts projects, there is also
the "Liang Juhui Memorial Room" commemorating the deceased member of
the Big-Tail Elephant group and the "Robbe-Grillet and Nouveau Roman
Reference Room." In the last two years the space has mounted major
exhibitions including "Eleven Women and Her Generation" (Yang Yong),
"Borges' Tiger—Two Paintings by Deng Yifu," and "Books—An Exhibition
of Video Works by Jean-Philippe Toussaint."


ChAR T Contemporary was founded in 2008 in Beijing by Megan and K.C.
Connolly as a "curatorial laboratory" with the aim of "bringing
together art and people." The primary objective is to build a bridge
between the East and West through the organization and promotion of
contemporary art and cultural events. Collaborating artists include
Chen Ke, Cheng Guangfeng, Lin Yi, Huang Xiaoliang, and Yang Xinguang.
Previous exhibitions have include "Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End
of the World: Chen Ke's Solo Exhibition," "Open House," and "Floating
Chinese Musicians."


Jointly founded in 1999 by Hans van Dijk, Ai Weiwei and Frank
Uytterhaegen, it was the first space of its kind in China. Originally
named New Amsterdam Art Consultancy (NAAC ) in 1993, the title was
changed to China Art Archives and Warehouse (CAA W) in 1999. Its space
in Caochangdi opened in 2000. CAA W focuses on unearthing experimental
unknown artists with potential. Throughout the years it has held
various important exhibitions.


An art and event space hosted by Amy Cheng and Jeph Lo, TheCube is
situated between the arts and the carnivalesque air of the Taipei
commercial zone around the Kungkuan night market. Established in April
2010, TheCube regularly hosts exhibitions and lectures.


Established in October 2000 by Wang Ziwei in an old industrial
warehouse on Dongdaming Road along the Huangpu River, DDM Warehouse is
only a short distance from the Bund. Due to the demolition of
Dongdaming Road, the space moved to 570 Huaihai Middle Road in 2008.
At the same time, Deng Weimin took over the directorial reigns. Now
semi-historical, this alternative space used to be Shanghai's most
experimental spot for art. DDM has staged exhibitions in every medium,
contemporary dance performances, experimental poetry readings,
independent film screenings, and so on. Recent exhibitions include the
Shanghai eArts Festival's "New Media Archaeology Project" curated by
Li Zhenhua, and the 52nd Venice Biennale parallel project "Migration


An out-of-the-ordinary space for arts and culture in Kaohsiung, DogPig
hosts exhibitions and performances on a varying schedule, and even
welcomes the public to perform their own work. In a diverse mixture of
doctrines, every month it hosts different events that may involve
painting, sculpture, installation, theater, performance, experimental
noise music, games, and film.


Jointly founded in Beijing in 2009 by Michael Yuen and artist Yam Lau.
Invoking the unwavering spirit of the donkey, DICA dedicates itself to
supporting contemporary experimental art by literally carrying art
around on the back of donkey. It is at once a call for a slower, more
laid-back departure from life and work and a challenge to the
get-rich-quick ways of the contemporary art market. The institute
frequently collaborates with Vitamin Creative Space and HomeShop,
among others. Previous events include "Portable Artist's Book Library"
and "Potential Extensions to the Donkey Institute of Contemporary


Located in one of Beijing's old hutong alleys, HomeShop is a
25-square-meter retail space cum sleeping-working-living studio. It
publishes an independent journal called Wear, and has carried out a
series of projects in its own name, such as "Olympics 08" and
"Cultural Exchange."


Founded in 2007 in a renovated 50 year-old apartment, InArt is run by
Jamie Tu. With a focus on contemporary art, its aim is to construct a
comprehensive and multi-faceted space to promote the work of young
Taiwanese artists. It has hosted the experimental project "Hai'an Road
Art Intervention Plan," Fang Marvin-Minto's solo exhibition "Bonsai
2009," and other shows.


Jointly founded in 1988 by photographer Liu Qingdang and artists Tsang
Pu and Chen Hui-Chiao out of a desire to create a conscientious, ideal
and open park space to broaden the vision of Taiwanese artists and
provide a platform for experimental, avant-garde and non-mainstream
creativity. For distancing itself from the official and commercial
systems and cultivating Taiwanese contemporary art in the long-term,
it was awarded the 13th Taipei Culture Prize in 2009. Notable shows
include "IT Park Opening Exhibition," "Microwave Exhibition," and solo
exhibitions of Huang Wen-hao and Carlos de Paz.


Founded by Lu Jie in 2002, Long March Space merges liberal thought,
academics, art and commerce into one creative structure, and at the
same time is involved in the art market. Its founding act in 2002 "The
Long March—A Walking Visual Display," saw 250 artists intervene at
various points along the route of the historical Long March,
generating creation, discussion, and various other work that supported
the social engineering of cultural development in the old
revolutionary base. The recent "Ho Chi Minh Trail" is a new work of
the self-titled "Long March Project." It also maintains a commercial
program, participating in international art fairs including Art Basel
and Frieze.

Previously called BizArt Center, the name was changed to MadeIn Art
Space in 2010. It is the first non-profit contemporary art space of
MadeIn (Culture Ltd.), founded by Xu Zhen. The inaugural exhibition
"Dedicated to the Money-Makers" saw the participation of Li Ming, Lin
Ke, and Yang Junling.


Founded in 2009 by Doris Wong Wai-Yin et al., Observation Society is
an independent space for the arts set in a former hair salon and with
a distinctly perceptual bent. Previous exhibitions include Li Jinghu's
"Forest," "L'Écume des choses—l'art de Wong Waiyin" and Hu Xiangqian's
solo show "Knee-Jerk Reaction."


Formed at the beginning of 1996, Para/Site employs one curator, one
gallery manager, one program coordinator, one part-time education and
development officer, and is governed by a board of directors. Apart
from financial subsidies from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council,
Para/Site also receives active support from patrons and friends. The
space's yearly programming encompasses ten exhibitions and the
publication both of exhibition catalogs and Hong Kong's only visual
arts magazine, PS. It also manages the smallest exhibition venue in
Hong Kong, Para/Site Central, which is hosted by Hanart TZ Gallery.
Para/Site has held Tatsumi Orimoto's "Bread Men," an Ai Weiwei/Vito
Acconci collaboration, and over 100 other exhibitions and public


Founded in early 2005 by Sun Ning, Platform China is a
multi-functional arts center (and commercial gallery) dedicated to the
development and promotion of Chinese contemporary art, as well as to
building a platform for dialogue and exchange between Chinese and
international artists. It boasts an exhibition space, a multimedia
exhibition hall and international artist-in-residence studios. Notable
exhibitions include the group shows "Incest-Complete Art Experience
Project, No. 1," "CONVERGENCE at E116°/N40°," "History of Chemistry,"
"We 116 Cannot Stop, to Stop is to Fail," and solo shows by Tang Yi,
Li Wei, Jia Aili, Jiang Zhi, Wang Gongxin, Wang Taocheng, and others.

Established in 2008 by Shi Yong, Xu Zhen and Jin Feng The Younger in
Shanghai's M50 art district, Shopping Gallery is dedicated to
discovering and promoting talented young artists, curating exhibitions
from outstanding artists and otherwise enriching the Chinese
contemporary art scene. The gallery "represents" several young artists
with potential. They have held the group exhibition "Quietly Appeared
Commercial Salon, i.e. Useless King on the Shore of the Fools" as well
as solo efforts by artists such as Yuan Yuan, Xiao Jun and Dai Qing.


Founded by curator Fu Xiaodong in Beijing's 798 district in 2009,
Space Station's aim is to make experimental art projects happen.
Notable exhibitions include Wang Wei's solo show "Historic Residence,"
Shi Jinsong's "Taking Off the Armor's Mountain," "Double Fly Palace,"
Shi Qing's "Not Long Enough," Fang Lu's "Unrecording," and Huang Ran's
"A Blithe Tragedy," among others.


Art Center Over 30 people from the Taiwanese contemporary art scene
banded together to establish the Taipei Contemporary Art Center, the
opening of which was officially announced at the end of August 2009.
At the end of February 2010, the center was opened in two old office
blocks in the heart of Taipei's old city, Hsimenting. TCAC provides
artists, curators, critics, and those from other cultural fields a
non-profit and communal space to convene and discuss artistic creation
and cultural policy. The 30-plus founding members include artists Chen
Chieh-Jen, Yang Jun, Tsui Kuang-Yu, Wang Jun- Jie, Yao Jui-Chung, Hung
Tung-Lu, Chang Chien-Chi, Michael Lin; curators Manray Hsu, Meiya
Cheng, Amy Huei-hua Cheng, Frankie Su, Hongjohn Lin, Lin Ping, Chen
Hsin-Chun, Pan Sheau-shei, Mia Chen; and academics Chen Tai-Sung,
Huang Chien-Hung, Chen Kai Huang, Huang Hai Ming, Chochun Kung, Ku
Shih-Yung, and others.

With investment from Chengdu Haosi Real Estate and backing from the
government, Chen Jiagang founded UpRiver in Chengdu in 1997. Managed
by domestic art critics and artists, it became the first privately
operated museum in China to uphold international standards. Now
defunct, it held "The Inaugural Exhibition of the UpRiver Museum
Collection" (September 1998), "The Creations of Alfred Aldrake"
(November 1998), and "'99 Academic Invitation Exhibition" (April


Established in 1986, the non-profit arts organization Videotage is
housed in the Cattle Depot arts district in Kowloon. Videotage
(literally merging the two concepts of "Video" and "Montage") is an
interdisciplinary artist collective that focuses on the development of
video and new media art in Hong Kong. It began as a facilitator for
collaborative time-based projects, but later began to play a role in
film, recording, and other forms of media production.


Founded in Guangzhou in November 2002 by Zhang Wei and Hu Fang,
Vitamin Creative Space is an alternative contemporary art space (and
commercial gallery) dedicated to contemporary art exchange and to the
exploration and integration of all forms of contemporary culture. The
temporary space "The Shop" was Vitamin Creative Space's Beijing take
on a "store." Projects in recent years include "Landscape of
Sur-consuming" (2000), Antony Gormley's "Asian Field" (2003), "Playing
at Home/Playing Away: The Maze of Reality" (for the "Zones of Urgency"
section of the 50th Venice Biennale), and Xu Tan's ongoing "Keywords"
project to name a few. Vitamin has now relocated to Beijing where it
opened a new space "The Pavilion" late this year near the Today Art

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