The P8 Artist-in-Residence program is a newly launched residency in Changsha. We have talked to Zhimin Dai, the residency project leader to learn more:
China Residencies: How and when will the P8 residency start?
Zhimin Dai: The first artist residency will start March 1st, 2019.
CR: What is your role in the residency? How did you get involved?
ZD: Our team co-founded the Artist Residency Program. We are involved in building up the residency program and also on the creative part.
CR: Tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
ZD: So there are three people responsible for the artist residency program.
First, there is the P8 co-founder Huang Liting Angela Huang (黄立亭). She graduated from the Department of Industrial Design at Carnegie Mellon University with a Masters in Interaction from the School of Visual Arts in New York, USA. She has provided mobile and web experience design solutions for well-known companies such as Volkswagen, Philips, Nivea, Montblanc and Vertu. Combining the elegance and creativity of Chinese and Western cultures, with unique design thinking to link and convey the vitality of the past, she wants to push innovative thinking.
There is me, Dai Zimin (戴子敏), I am the P8 planning director. I graduated from the Industrial Design Department of Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts, and have a Master's degree in New Media in Film Art from the Higher School of Design in Stuttgart, Germany. Before coming here, I was a media marketing specialist at a German media company and was responsible for visual design and event planning.
Then there is Sydnee He (何昕旎), he is the planning commissioner. He graduated from Hunan Normal University with a bachelor's degree in education. He has worked at Han Han-Beijing Qingwa Blue and White Culture Development Co., Ltd.; Yuquan-Beijing Giant Art Culture Development Co., Ltd. So he brings a ton of planning experiences for large-scale events and performances.
P8联合创始人 黄立亭 Angela Huang，毕业于卡内基梅隆大学工業設計系，美国纽约视觉艺术学院交互硕士。曾为大众、飞利浦、妮维雅、万宝龙、Vertu等知名企业提供移动和网页体验设计解决方案。融合中西方文化的优雅和创造力，以独特的设计思维去链接和传递来往于此的生命力，乐于激发创变。
P8策划专员 何昕旎Sydnee He，毕业于湖南师范大学，教育学学士学位。曾就职于韩寒-北京青瓦青花文化发展有限公司；羽泉-北京巨匠文化发展有限公司。有大型活动、演出等丰富的企划经历。
CR: How did you decide on the location of the residency?
ZD: Because we have an industrial park with a 70% wet area, which is special in Changsha and even for the whole country.
CR: How many people are on staff running the residency?
ZD: We are between 5 - 10 people.
CR: Can you talk about the facilities on site available to the artists? Where are the studios for artists in residence?
ZD: We have matching basic equipment for different art types, such as waste industrial materials, wood, stainless steel materials, new media, camera projectors and so on. Artists will be stationed in the P8 Homestay or the Global Village Villa District, all of which are located in Broad Town.
CR: What is the framework of the final interpretation regarding other expenses of the artist? Are accommodation, water, electricity, internet, and the US$1,500 you mentioned in your open call provided to resident artists excluded from the final interpretation or can it be subject to change?
ZD: We are providing accommodation, water costs and an stipend of US$1,500 per group per stay for living costs and material fees.
CR: Does P8 provide the artists’ material fee? If yes, what is the maximum limit of the fee provided by P8?
ZD: The material fee is already included in the US$1,500.
CR: What range of experience are you looking for in potential artists in residence?
ZD: We are looking for international or Chinese artists or industrial technology researchers. More than two years of independent art creation experience is preferred.
CR: What is the minimum and maximum length of the stay?
ZD: The minimum stay is 1 month and the maximum stay 2 months.
CR: Can you provide more information on the Earth Eye Art Festival in Broad Town? Who is running the festival, when is it planned to run?
ZD: Launched by the P8 Planet, the Earth Eye Art Festival is an art project in the Great City Wetlands and one of the important purposes of the artist's residency program. The Earth Eye Art Festival takes the Great City Wetland as the stage. It will open the first exhibition of the festival in 2020. It will showcase all the works of artists who have stayed in the past, and use art form to make different forms of art around the environment, nature and industrial technology. Creation, exploring how human beings in the future can be combined with nature, wrapped in nature. Using art as a signpost for the Great City Wetlands, the art environment of the wetlands is built, and the people who come here feel more about the new perspectives of art and the natural environment.
It brings an important concept of “art involvement in industry and nature, and activation of the region” for Changsha.
Our team specially invited Klara Zhang as curator of the 2020 Earth Eye Art Festival.
Klara Zhang is the founder of the KZ Culture Group. Founded in 2016, KZ Culture Group is a company that provides art planning and art museum project management. Since the establishment of the company at the end of 2016, Zhang Wei has managed the international top artist Antony Gormley's large-scale exhibition in Changsha 2017, and cooperated with film director Xu Ke to plan the film exhibition of Qimen Armor. Prior to this, she worked for the Boston Museum of Art, Christie's in New York, and the New York Global Cultural Asset Management Group (GCAM), and worked with Pritzker Prize-winning architects and internationally renowned artists. During her five years at GCAM, she assisted Thomas Krens, former curator of the Guggenheim Museum, in a number of cultural projects, including the Gluckman Tang Architects and the Zaha Hadid Architects. Beijing Minsheng Modern Art Museum (Zhu Xi Architectural Design Office). Zhang Wei holds a master's degree in Museum Studies from Tufts University.
地球之眼艺术节由 P8 星球发起，是在远大城湿地展开的一个艺术项目，同时也是艺术家驻留计划的重要目的之一。 地球之眼艺术节以远大城湿地为舞台，将于 2020 年开启艺术节的首次展示,将展示所有往期驻留艺术家的作品，用艺术的形式围绕环境、自然、工业科技作出不同形式的艺术创作，探寻未来生活的人 类怎样与自然结合，被自然包裹。将艺术作为远大城湿地的路标，构 建湿地的艺术环境，让来到这里的人们感知更多关于艺术与自然环境 的全新视角。
我们团队特地邀请了 张涓 (Klara Zhang)作为2020地球之眼艺术节策展人
张涓 (Klara Zhang) 是 KZ Culture Group 创始 人。KZ Culture Group 成立于 2016 年，是一家提 供艺术策划和美术馆项目管理的公司。自 2016 年 末公司成立以来，张涓管理了国际顶级艺术家安东 尼.葛姆雷(Antony Gormley)在艺术长沙 2017 的 大型展览，与电影导演徐克合作策划《奇门遁甲》 电影展览。在此之前，她曾先后服务于波士顿美术 馆、纽约佳士得拍卖行和纽约全球文化资产管理集团(GCAM)，并与普利兹克奖的建筑师及国际知名艺术家合作。在 GCAM 的 5 年间，她协助古根海姆美术馆前馆长 Thomas Krens 负责 多个文化项目，包括美国麻州全球当代艺术博物馆(Gluckman Tang Architects)，梅溪湖美术馆(Zaha Hadid Architects)， 北京 民生现代美术馆(朱锫建筑设计事务所)等。 张涓拥有美国塔夫茨 大学 (Tufts University) 博物馆研究专业硕士学位。
CR: Do the artists leave work once the residency is done? What are some of the must do’s for the artists as part of the residency agreement?
ZD: The artist stays in the residency for one or two months. When the time is up, she or he will leave. In theory, the artist will finish one artwork per month. Depending on the size, complexity and difficulty of the artwork, it might suffice to do one artwork for the length of two months.
CR: What happens to the artworks after the festival? Does it stay in Broad Town or can the artist bring them home?
ZD: During the artist's stay, the work is owned by P8, and P8 can selectively retain the right to display the artist's work.
CR: Do you help artists in residence sell their work?
ZD: We do not help the artist sell their work.
CR: Are other opportunities available for visiting artists to share their work with the public?
ZD: Yes, there are. We provide talks and sharing sessions (similar to PechaKucha), there are concluding art events after a residency ends as well as large art festivals.
CR: Can you tell us a bit more about the opportunities you provide for residents to meet people in the local creative scene?
ZD: We will hold an opening which is open to the public as a place for exchange and discussion. The first day after an artist residency, the art activities will be open to the public, combined with musical and other activities. We will also organize small exhibitions together with shopping malls such as Changsha ifs or Hisense. Further, we will organize workshops with teaching institutions and universities, include local artists, organize small forums, and communicate our programs through social media online.
CR: Is there anything else you'd like to add about the program, your mission, or the opportunities you provide for artists?
ZD: The P8 Art Residency is a creative residency project based on the P8 community and YuanDaCheng, which conveys the value and meaning of love, innovation and sustainability to the public in an artistic way. The residents leave traces of their work behind in this great and vast area of nature, and can leave a mark for the Eye Art Festival with propositions and content that can be deeply thought-provoked by the society, and from the combined perspective of art, industry and nature can lead to creating a future life model.
This interview was conducted over email and translated from Chinese to English by Xiaoyao Xu for China Residencies in January 2019.