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Spring Workshop | Hong Kong presents Qiu Zhijie The Universe of Naming

Spring Workshop | Hong Kong presents Qiu Zhijie 邱志杰 The Universe of Naming on May 23–August 18, 2013.

Qiu Zhijie, The Universe of Naming, 2013. Ink and found objects. Image courtesy of the artist.
Qiu Zhijie, The Universe of Naming, 2013. Ink and found objects. Image courtesy of the artist.

Leading Chinese artist and teacher Qiu Zhijie takes over Spring Workshop with an expansive installation, The Universe of Naming. Through a close examination of the world’s concrete and conceptual territories, Qiu depicts a restless and insecure landscape with engraved spheres of glass, wood and steel, set against a backdrop of found, made, free and confined objects. The new inter-relationships result in an immersive and explorative experience.

The work is the next incarnation of Qiu’s Blueprints exhibition at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in the Netherlands, which in turn informed his concept as Chief Curator of the 9th Shanghai Bienniale in 2012.

Qiu’s educational philosophy values sociological inquiry, intervention and participation. Putting this into practice, Qiu will engage Hong Kong’s next generation of artists to assist in the installation via a two-day student workshop organized by Spring.

Qiu Zhijie (b. 1969, Hangzhou, China) lives and works in Beijing and Hangzhou. Known as one of China’s first video artists, his diverse practice also embraces sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography and performance.

Artist Talk
May 11, 6:30pm
Qiu Zhijie in conversation with Leung Chi Wo, Jane DeBevoise and Anthony Yung

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A collaboration with Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
August 2012–April 2014

Spring and Witte de With jointly present Moderation(s), a program of contemporary discourse and production featuring an international group of artists, curators and writers. Heman Chong steers the program as Moderator while Christina Li takes up the role as designated Witness.

Read more about the role of Witness here.

Moderation(s): A Fictional Residency
Oscar van den Boogaart
June 17–30, 2013
The established Dutch fiction writer will lead a workshop in which artists, curators, and writers from Hong Kong work and write together, producing a book of short stories.

Moderation(s): The Social Contract
A Constructed World
October–November 2013
Visitors to the exhibition will be asked to sign a legal contract restraining them from speaking about what they have seen inside. The Social Contract is the fourth act of Moderation(s) at Spring.

Moderation(s): Bibliotheek
Throughout Moderation(s)

Serving as the Moderation(s) bibliography, Bibliotheek is a physical collection of books suggested by participants. This ever-expanding common library of inspiration is open to the public throughout the project at both Witte de With and Spring.

For more information about the Moderation(s) project, please click here.

PHASE 2: A Journal of the Plague Year. Fear, Ghosts, Rebels. SARS, Leslie and the Hong Kong Story.
Para Site Exhibition, Part 2
September 2013
Spring continues its partnership with and support of non-profit Para Site by presenting phase two of the art space’s ode to the events of 2003 in Hong Kong. The second phase will feature new major works by participating artists.

Featured artists & ongoing exhibitions
Industrial Forest
Made from hundreds of pencil-thin aluminium bamboo poles, this installation by multi-disciplinary architects ESKYIU recalls the yellow bamboo that used to populate Wong Chuk Hang. As an urban forest, the site-specific installation is configured to obscure the industrial buildings surrounding it to carefully frame the sky above. Viewing the installation from what has been described as a “Blade Runner-esque” highway overpass has a hypnotic effect, as the forest appears to simultaneously blend into and be displaced by the surrounding industrial habitat.

Read more about Industrial Forest.

In addition to featuring commissioned works from Hong Kong artists such as William Lim (Tables for Friends), Douglas Young (Guns) and Kacey Wong (Spring Bird (Bill Eater)), Spring currently shows works by many other local and international artists including King of Kowloon (Tsang Tsou Choi), Luis Chan, Magdalen Wong, Wilson Shieh, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries and William Kentridge.

About Spring Workshop
Based in Hong Kong, Spring is a non-profit arts space committed to an international cross-disciplinary program of artist and curatorial residencies, exhibitions, music, film and talks.

Spring Workshop
3/F Remex Centre
42 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday noon–6pm
Art Basel hours: Monday, May 20–Sunday,
May 26, 10am–9pm
T 852 2110 4370
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