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店面 Open Call

November 04, 2016 20:23

Wing on Wo & Co.'s The W.O.W Project and China Residencies are teaming up to launch The 店面 Residency, a two-month residency in NYC's Chinatown to create storefront displays for Chinese New Year. 

Wing On Wo & Co.'s 店面 storefront at 26 Mott Street

Chinese New Year has always been a time when community members share in celebration of welcoming a prosperous and lucky new year. Storefronts (店面 in Chinese, pronounced diàn miàn in Mandarin and dinmin in Cantonese ) hang red banners with new year’s wishes, Chinese lanterns light up the streets, and families gather and watch the numerous groups of lion dancers perform. For the inaugural 店面Residen ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: M Literary Residency

November 01, 2016 17:01

In May, we caught up with Michelle Garnaut, the founder of the M Restaurant Group, at M on the Bund in Shanghai to learn about their dedication to literature and creative writing.

China Residencies: How did the M Literary Residency start?

Michelle Garnaut: When we opened at the end of the 1990s, we did lots of different events. Among them, poetry readings, book talks, food-related talks and we had a space in the back (where Glam is now), which we gave to artists and galleries to display their works. All of that received really positive feedback from the community and is something we are still very committed to doing. Glam ...

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Residency Knowledge Exchange - Hu Xinru

October 14, 2016 22:58

China Residencies hosted our very first Residency Knowledge Exchange this past spring with the support of Transnational Dialogues to bring a promising young residency coordinator, Hu Xinru, to visit counterparts in the UK. She kept a diary during her two week trip, accompanied by China Residencies' co-founder Kira Simon-Kennedy, across London, Manchester and Scotland.

Day 1 - London

After a very turbulent flight, the plane landed in London. I made it to the UK!!!

Although the long ordeals to get a visa were stressful, and I had to deal with rounds of customs during my layover, I finally made it through. Kira was wait ...

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China Residencies & The W.O.W Project to Launch New Residency Connecting China & Chinatown

October 09, 2016 03:30

China Residencies is proud to announce our first fiscally-sponsored project, The W.O.W. Project, a public platform and space for community engagement in New York City's Chinatown. 

About the W.O.W. Project

Founded in May 2016 by Mei Lum, the W.O.W. Project’s mission is to engage the community to shape the future of Chinatown by bringing together youth, elders, business owners, and concerned residents in conversation and innovative idea generation.

The W.O.W. Project’s inaugural event, “The (Re)Generation of Chinatown,” featured a panel of second and third generation Chinese Americans who have chosen to either revive their ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Fine Fine Small Mountain at Lijiang Studio

October 08, 2016 15:13

Miranda Hill and Naima Fine make up the musical & ecological collective Fine Fine Small Mountain, and spent the better part of 2015 creating graphic scores, sound sculptures, and collaborative musical performances at Lijiang Studio in Yunnan.

China Residencies: Did you have plans for projects in China before you applied to Two To Three 二到三?

Miranda Hill: We’d been to China and travelled through Yunnan a few years earlier  on a holiday and did some performances in Beijing with a friend. And Naima saw the Two to Three call-out and we thought we'd love to go back, and when you said we didn’t get it but that there was this other ...

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China Residencies joins Rate My Artist Residency and Residency Unlimited at NEW INC

October 03, 2016 20:42

Hello World! We are very happy to bring you some exciting news this month:

China Residencies is joining Rate My Artist Residency and Residency Unlimited in a coalition to build a new web-based solution to better unify and disseminate information around artist residencies. The project is called RES and will be prototyped, developed, and tested throughout 2016-2017 in New York as part of NEW INC, the New Museum’s cultural incubator dedicated to supporting innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship across art, design, and technology.

What is RES?

Since 2009, our friends at the Brooklyn-based nonprofit Res ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Things That Can Happen - Chantal Wong

September 29, 2016 06:12

During the busy whirlwind of Art Basel Hong Kong in March, we took an afternoon to visit Things That Can Happen, art space and residency in Sham Shui Po, formed in response to recent political resistance movement in the city. We spoke with Things That Can Happen's co-founder about their aim and vision for this two-year project that "engages with issues of social concern."

China Residencies: How did you get interested and involved in the arts?

Chantal Wong: I’m originally from Montreal and studied Art History, which was kind of a fluke: I failed calculus and had to choose something else, so ended up in art history instea ...

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Two To Three 二到三 Open Call 2016 [Deadline Extended!]

September 18, 2016 04:15

[Due to the large number of requests, we've extended the deadline to November 7th! You now have another week to apply]

China Residencies is excited to announce the third open call for “Two to Three 二到三”, a program which will send two to three Australian artists to China for 4-8 weeks on funded residencies (covering flights, visa, accommodation, and a stipend) at partner organizations in second and third tier cities.  

To qualify, applicant must:

  • - Be an Australian citizen or current resident in Australia 
  • - Be available for a 4-8 week residency period between December 2016 and February 2017
  • - Have previously visited China

  • There ...
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ARTIST PROFILE :: Tan Ray Tat ("Internet Meat") at Basement6

September 14, 2016 06:04

China Residencies spoke to Malaysian net-artist Tan Ray Tat, who goes by moniker Wang Rou ("Internet Meat"), about his residency at Shanghai residency Basement6.

CR: Tell us about yourself, your background, and your Wang Rou 网肉 moniker.
TRT: My name is 陈睿达. I was born in Kuala Lumpur and trained and worked as a motion graphic designer before going to art school.

I do a browser performance series where I talk into a mic while projecting my actions – clicking through tabs of my emails, YouTube videos, and screenshots repurposed for the story. There is an ongoing narrative that develops each time I perform. Wang Rou is a username ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Qingyun 青云 - Takeo Ni 倪岛岛

September 13, 2016 21:16

In August, we visited the brand new Qingyun International Art Center on the southern outskirts of Beijing, to learn about their expansive plans and mission to combine traditional culture and heritage with contemporary art and design. We spoke with residency coordinator Takeo Ni 倪岛岛:

  • CR: When did this idea for the Qingyun Art Centre come about?
  • TN: Professor Liu Liyu started thinking about it long ago. She was teaching glass art at Tsinghua. Her sister, Liu Liyun, a sculptor and ceramicist, joined her in setting up the arts centre, which opened officially with an exhibition at the end of 2015.

  • CR: What did these buil ...
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Fall 2016 Deadlines + Open Calls + Opportunities

August 29, 2016 11:43

Here's a short list of deadlines for residencies, professional development, calls for papers, jobs & lots of different things you can apply for this fall that have a connection to China. We'll update this post regularly until December 20th, if you come across something that belongs here, please send us your tips to nihao [at]!


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Announcing the Selected & Shortlisted Research Projects for the 3rd Crystal Ruth Bell Residency

August 23, 2016 04:44

This year, we're honored to have received nearly 400 project proposals from individuals and collectives with research-based practiced for the 3rd edition of the Crystal Ruth Bell Residency at Red Gate this winter.

The 2016 Crystal Ruth Bell Residency Re: Search recipients are Fredman Barahona & Guillermo Sáenz, from Managua, Nicaragua.

"Cartas Mojadas / Wet Letters / 濕字母 is an interactive installation performance project that will question the idea of the inter oceanic canal in Nicaragua as the only economic way of a promising future."  

correspondance, interactive installation & performance

Below are excerp ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Yinzi Theater - Hu Yn

August 11, 2016 18:26

China Residencies sat down and talked to Hu Yin, founder of YINZI Theater in Chongqing about their two-week performance artist residency, and the challenges of running and promoting an experimental theater in a creative district dominated by the visual arts.

China Residencies: How long has YINZI Theater been around for? 
Hu Yin: Hu Ying Theater was the predecessor of YINZI, and was started in September 2010. In 2011 we established YINZI, and I’ve officially been running the institution since 2012 after a few months of prep work. It’s been 5 years now.

CR: When did you start the residency program? 
HY: We established the r ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: XuCun International Art Commune - Qu Yan

August 06, 2016 16:04

China Residencies met with Qu Yan, artist and founder of XuCun International Art Commune, in his studio in Huairou's Qiaozi Art Community to talk about the unique challenges of running an international residency in a 2,000-year-old agricultural village.

China Residencies: When did the project start? How do you find about the village of Xucun in Shanxi province?
Qu Yan:  I cam across Xucun around 2007, it was very coincidental. I had been working on my village photography project since 2005, and I happened to find this place deep inside the Tai Hang Mountain. There are still partial remnants of the village's trad ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Basement6 - Katy Roseland

August 05, 2016 16:25

Katy Roseland is the co-founder of Basement6 Collective, as well as an artist currently taking part in the Swatch Art Peace Hotel residency. She recently created an Artist's Guide to WeChat for China Residencies, and told us all about her many online and offline creative endeavours in Shanghai.

China Residencies: Give us a rundown. What is it Basement6 and how did it come to be?
Katy Roseland: Our community has evolved into a sort of underground alternative art space in downtown Shanghai. We initially started as a group of friends and collaborators in a raw concrete wartime bunker. We eventually started attracti ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: am Art Space - Lam & Yu Ji (Jam)

August 05, 2016 15:45

China Residencies got in touch with am Art Space founders Lam & Yu Ji (Jam) over e-mail to learn more about the history and mission of their Shanghai-based art space and residency program.

China Residencies: Since starting am Art Space in 2008, how has the residency changed?
Lam & Jam: am Art Space was established in 2008 and the residency program followed after, in 2010. During the early stages of the residency we didn’t really have strict requirements for the application process, including deadlines or projects’ thematic focuses. It was mostly just artists getting in touch and we would give them the residency if w ...

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Announcing #slowtrain artist Roopa Vasudevan

July 26, 2016 18:13

We're excited to announce that Roopa Vasudevan will be our next #slowtrain virtual residency artist, taking over the China Residencies Instagram while she rides the Trans-Siberan Railway from Moscow on August 8th and arriving in Beijing on August 22nd, by way of Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, and Ulaanbaatar. 

Roopa will be creating a series of algorithmically-generated composite images examining the difference in train compartment design between Western Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and mainland China. During the journey, she will attempt to take compositionally identical photos of sleeping com ...

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July 21, 2016 20:19

China Residencies spoke to German photographer Saskia Ketz about her project Anybodies Home completed at Pantocrator's residency program in Shanghai.

China Residencies: How did you find out about Pantocrator?
Saskia Ketz: Just online. I've been in Bangkok for almost three months, doing an internship for the United Nations, and I also work as a freelance photographer for them. I actually wanted to do a project in Thailand, so I read about this artist in residence program called Pantocrator but Raul [Alvaro] told me that this program was not in operation, so he invited me to come to Shanghai and I said, ok why not ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Joshua Hoare at Chinese European Art Centre

July 14, 2016 21:57

China Residencies caught up with contemporary performance and circus art director Joshua Hoare after he returned from his residency at Chinese European Art Centre. Joshua was awarded a residency from the “Two to Three 二到三” program in 2015.

China Residencies: How was China?
Joshua Hoare: Amazing! So lovely. It really changed my self-definition. I felt like it was really pivotal to go out there as a performing artist, not as a director, it really evolved my work.

CR: That’s amazing, that’s one of the most profound reactions.
JH: It was. I set up a partnership for further collaboration with the Fujian Circus, and I also made a cou ...

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Introducing Our Summer 2016 Collaborators

July 14, 2016 19:10
This summer, we're looking forward to working alongside three brilliant young people to continue our mission of helping artists and the residencies that host them. Sam Gong is coming on board as our summer intern working on translation projects, Fei Liu continues to conduct interviews in her role of contributing researcher, and Willem Molesworth will be joining the team as development associate to help design and implement our first fundraising campaign.

Sam Gong 龚翊鑫 is a new media art enthusiast and zine collector. Starting in 2013, he worked as the curatorial and development assistant for Organhaus, a no ...
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