Subproject Ⅱ of Special Project: Collecting the Fragments of Dinghaiqiao: Living on Dinghai Road，Photography: Yannan PAN
Subproject Ⅲ of Special Project: Collecting the Fragments of Dinghaiqiao: Liquid Dependency Game，Photography: Yannan PAN
Curators: Zeng Yulan, Gu JiajunArtists: Chen Chenchen, Hu Wei, Li Tingwei, Wang Tuo, Xin Wei, aaajiao, ReUnion Network, Liquid Dependency Theory (Aiwen YIN, Zoe ZHAO, Yiren ZHAO), Yannan PAN Special Project: Collecting the Fragments of DinghaiqiaoInitiator: Shuyun CAOCoordinators: Yi HUANG , Yiren ZHAOCo-curators and collective artists: Dinghaiqiao Mutual-aid Society, Bureau of Guerrilla Urbanism, Woodcut Wavement, Group 2522，ReUnion Troupe Organizer: Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern ArtFacility Support: Shanghai Lanying Exhibition Service Co., Ltd Opening Ceremony: 3pm, 15th, August, 2021Duration: 15th, August-17th, October, 2021Location: Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art (No. 27 Duolun Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai) Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art will celebratethe grand opening of Unknown Gamesat 3:00PM, on August 15th, 2021. Organized by Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art, and curated by Zeng Yulan and Gu Jiajun, the exhibition invites Chen Chenchen, Hu Wei, Li Tingwei, Wang Tuo, Xin Wei, aaajiao, ReUnion Network,Liquid Dependency Theory (Aiwen YIN, Zoe ZHAO, Yiren ZHAO), and Yannan PAN as participating artists. The exhibition includes a special project Collecting the Fragments of Dinghaiqiao, initiated by Shuyun CAO, and coordinated by Yi HUANGand Yiren ZHAO.Dinghaiqiao Mutual-aid Society, Bureau of Guerrilla Urbanism, Woodcut Wavement, Group 2522, and ReUnion Troupe alsocontribute to this project as co-curators and collective artists.Unknown Gamesextendsthe discussion on the theme of gamesin the exhibition project Conscious Game in 2019 at Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art. In the imagination game which children are good at, it is both gameful, that is non-utilitarian, purposeless, and feigned, that is well-designed and premeditated. When playing imagination games, children tend to follow a set of established rules, and they can tell fiction from reality. The curatorial concept of Conscious Game is not only to present artists’attitude, but also their strategy and courage. Under the shelter built with the attitude of gamification, artists are constantly testingand challenging establishedrules and limits besides being proficient in them, to reconstruct new values and systems. Using a gamification strategy in the state of drifting, artists' exploration and challenges are faced with not only the established rules of art language itselfand the benchmark in art history, but also the countless inherent frames and systems of real life and daily thinking. This exhibition will furtherly present how artists observe and reflect on the real world, involving contemporary discussions about the mechanics of power production, virtual games/reality, economics/ethics, and consumerism/desire. In ways of expression and presentation, the artists adopt a strategy or attitude of gamification. Whether it's fiction and metaphor, character setting and playing, rearrangement of real situations, or complex coding of history and the present moment, the artists carry out successive construction and acquisition in the name of games. While trying to expand the boundaries of art, their work is also closely related to every specific narrative about human being at present. They take the plight and confusion of contemporary mankind as the subject of their research, some even propose their own solutions. However, no matter which way they take, artists cannot foresee the research result in advance. This exhibition is thus named Unknown Games, in expectation of a more experimental and possible unknown that all these seemingly gamified explorations may bring us.• Special Project: Collecting the Fragments of DinghaiqiaoTaking "writting a glossary of Dinghaiqiao" as an entry point for common action and mutual connection, the project seeks to salvage the clues and consciousness that emerged from the experiences of Dinghaiqiao Mutual-aid Society(DMaS) over the past few years. Furthermore, the glossary will be extended to wood prints, theater games, video, installation and other media forms, and thus to create a vivid and entangled narrative about Dinghaiqiao and the wider picture of "alternative practice". Co-created by Dinghaiqiao Mutual Society and its partner network, this special project is also conceived as a farewell to the Dinghaiqiao Neighbourhood, which are faced with the impeding demolishment and will soon become a memory.
Established by Hongkou District Adminitration of Culture and Tourism in 2003, Shanghai Duolun Museum of Modern Art is the first non-profit organization built with the aim of multifuntional modern museum, dedicated to the development of Chinese modern art, as well as an international platform of cross-cultural communication of modern art. “Original, Academic, Global” as its core values, the museum plays multiple roles of exhibition, institution, education, collection and communication.