Basement6 is an experimental art space founded by a group of artists in 2013. Our underground bunker space serves as a hub for workshops, exhibitions, co-working and incubating. We aim to serve as a experiential learning center and community space.
The objective of this residency is to host a (series of) workshop(s) for our collective and the public. These workshop sessions (or session) should focus on the aspect of experimentation and social arts. Ideally, the artist would have an exhibition at the final stages of the residency based on the workshop or incubation sessions.
Work can be collaborative, collective or individual. Our studio is no longer a wet studio, so we focus primarily on installation, performance and new media. We prefer to have artists work outside their primary medium.
Applicants should explain why their project is executed in Shanghai specifically. We want to know a bit about you as an artist and human. It would be great to understand your work process and what you hope to gain from your research with Basement6.
The residence should last 4-7 weeks.
Apply online here: https://chinares.wufoo.com/forms/basement6/
Basement6 is located underground in a sort of makeshift community center which hosts a record store, Uptown Records and screen printing studio, Idle Beats Print Club. Our space is about 80sqm in the largest room and has two smaller rooms which can serve as working spaces. Again, we are underground, there are no windows or sunlight. But there is wifi! And our collective has the resources to secure materials and supplies. We have an online platform that the artist is welcome to use.
The living space affords a bright sunny reading and writing room.
Applicants must secure their own grant or funds and visa for living in Shanghai.
Basements aren't so creepy.
Here's what we're looking for right now, as of February 5 2017:
Happy rooster year from Basement6 underground art space. We had a great CNY cleaning out glitter from dusty corners and making room for more magic, more cultural administration inspections and more war preparations. We hope you are feeling young and crazed.
We are geared to continue to battle reality and produce impossible scenarios. If you would like to join us in writing or cancelling the future, we are looking for more social sculptors as to join us as a (fellow) unpaid intern (ye I mean we are all unpaid. if you want money, you already lost.)
我们从不停歇，与现实战斗，制造不可能的情况。我们在寻找更多的社会雕塑家加入我们 的无薪(同伴)实习(是的我的意思是我们都没有薪水。如果你想要钱，你已经失去了)。如 果你愿意和我们一起创造或毁灭未来。
apply for the following residencies. BY 2/22
Talks to people until they listen or run away.
Invests in glitter mascara.
Burned out on Shanghai “nightlife” but can’t keep their ass at home.
Has more pronouns than you have friends.
Also has lots of friends, loves friends and youtube tutorials.
(this is a vacancy for someone who can performatively serve drinks at our events, which is an integral part of our practice as this pays the rent for our venue space. this role can be filled with a performance or character as our bar serves as a stage)
Wants to make brutalist layouts but no clients understand.
Hates html5. Hates sleep.
Wishes that websites were in VR.
Might hack us if we were worth it.
(this is a vacancy for someone who can help us update our website based on our ongoing exhibitions and announcements. this person may administer the website in anyway they see fit.)
SOCIAL SCULTPOR RESIDENCY
In aesthetic poverty.
Wechat chat log is a constant avalanche of contacting people.
Looking for a common enemy.
Wants to make friends, make friends do things.
Tired of group dinners.
(this is more of an organization role that seeks to have direct access to our public to host and curate events around cultural change. this person has visions for events and has (or is developing an agenda they wish to carry out)
IRL(In Real Life) RESIDENCY
Didn't forget about physical reality.
Likes to touch things, maybe break them.
Has never lost a set of keys.
Would love to use a cement drill more often.
(this is a vacancy integral in developing and maintaining our brick and mortar structure, potentially a person who lives in our neighborhood of jiaotong university and is comfortable being the eyes and ears of our space with potential to build and install work)
Worships transaction art.
Spends more money on data than food.
Has a really intense camera roll.
Looking for subscribers.
Will send nudes.
(this role should be filled by a person who dreams to admin a WeChat official account. takes control of media and is a counterforce of PR. can also carryout their own campaigns on our platform)
IF YOU BELIEVE IN UNFILTERED CULTURE OR YOU ARE INTERESTED IN OBSERVING THE CENTER OF THE VOLCANO BEFORE IT ERUPTS, PLEASE SEND US YOUR INFO, ARTWORK, MANIFESTOS BY 2/22. LETS REPOSITION AUTHORITY IN OUR BED OF DUST.
THANKS FOR BEING A FRIEND
A bit of transparency about basement6.
We are a volunteer group.
Culture is not entertainment.
Our rent is paid by beers sold. We take no money for our work.
We eat trash and have other jobs maybe.
We are not weakened by poverty.
THE MOTOR OF CULTURE IS DISSATISFACTION.