Jacapo Baboni-Schilingi is a self-taught is a composer who has mixed different mediums in order to create new musical perspectives and erase artistic borders. Of the belief that music is a fundamental, even primordial aspect of life, much of his work has focused on the spontaneity of improvised composition. In addition to his multitude of projects that span from performative composition on human bodies to user-generated musical systems embedded in artist built installations and sculptures, Baboni-Schilingi has also taught composition at the École Nationale de Musique du Pays de Montbéliard since 1999 and regularly gives courses in musicology at the Université Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV. He has lectured in Argentina, Belgium, Chile, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, and Portugal as well as has written more than 20 articles for publications in France and Italy, including contributions to PRISMA-01.
Charles-Henry Bédué was born in Toulouse, France (1980). After receiving his Masters in Paris in 2003, he lived in China from 2007 to 2014. Currently based in Paris, he regularly travels around Europe. His artistic process focuses on diligently observing the relation between his own psyche and the external world; or rather, the projection he receives from the world around him — a projection often seized at the border of figuration and abstraction. He likes to quote Carl Gustav Jung, whose work has been of significant influence on not only his own, but also a determining factor in the evolution of his life: In the obscurity of something exterior, I discover, without recognizing it, my own psychic life.
Sebastian Alonso Bessonart 塞巴斯蒂安·阿隆索 is a Uruguayan artist living and working in Montevideo, where he teaches at the National Academy of Fine Arts. Alonso has been working for twenty years on hybrid artistic and curatorial projects, including the development of Casa Mario, a mixed-use space dedicated to artist residencies, exhibitions, salon conversations, performances and publishing. Since 2004, Alonso has been a member of the collective, Alonso + Craciun, which was included in the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale, the 1st Biennale of Montevideo and most recently, the 15th Havana Biennale. He is a member of The Collective Eye. Sebastian was in dialogue with Heinz Norbert Jocks and Dominique Garaudel for the May 2014 AM Brainstorm.
John Brady is a student and teacher of Philosophy and Literature. Hailing from Australia, he has a penchant for beer and an admiration for a Beijing sun that doesn't cause melanoma. In his spare time he teaches computers to make a paradoxical dance music that can't be danced to. Beijing's environmental dystopic vistas enthrall him, and he wonders about the moral status of breathing any other kind of air. Living in and watching "Communism with Chinese Characteristics" is slowly turning him into a Leninist, also a chain a smoker. He is generally happy. Brady performed at the opening of The Bibliorium together with Jordan Thomas Mitchell as well as was in conversation with Mitchell for the October 2014 AM Brainstorm. Medium
BU Yun Jun 卜云军 is a photographer who graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. His photographic practice looks abstracts the forms of the ready made and the found object. Having explored the minutiae of escalators, ceiling fans and paint chipped walls, Bu’s work looks to reveal a deeper relation with the object when printed, framed and hung at life-size proportions. He is fascinated with the textual quality of objects, such as the slight sheen and contour felt when photographing black trash bags or a dark puddle just after the rain. Bu installed three photographic works in the “Perceptions of Home” experience.
CHEN Xi 陈熹 was born in Wuhan (1985), graduated from Jiangnan University with his BA in 2008 and from ECNU with this MFA in 2012. He currently works and lives in Beijing. For the past 10 years, Chen Xi’s work deployed a large number of imagery techniques, including five genres of painting and drawing, and more than twenty forms of animations and visual essays. His paintings capture digital landscapes, haunting spaceships, mutating portraits, exotic abstractions with lots of information, and sometimes use only one layer of acrylic paint. To Chen, each genre generates his next mode of working, often relying on the exploration of personal experience, and the creation of fictional histories for the immediate present. Chen Xi was in conversation with Shen Zejian during the August 2014 edition of A.M Brainstorm, developed an interactive installation for “Perceptions of Home” and contributed a series of poems entitled “Room Raiders” to the first issue of Bajia.
CHEN Zhiyuan 陈志远 opened Wuyou Studio in 2012, after completing an apprenticeship in a traditional woodworking studio where he studied the techniques of Chinese furniture building. In his workshop, he seeks to explore the relationship between craft and creativity and aims to develop a process of material investigation that leads to a logic of use as perfected through practice. Chen designed and built the “Book Grove” for the Bactagon experience, “The Bibliorium.”
Evan Collier 伊万·科里尔 is the founder of international design firm ARCH and has been focused on designing and fabricating custom artworks and installations, small-scale rigging installations, sets and props for photo, film, TV and theatre productions over the past 10 years. Evan works and lives in NYC and is working in Beijing with ThemeTech Culture & Creative to develop the company’s manufacturing facility.
Concrete Flux 流泥 is a multi-media, multi-disciplinary journal which takes as its subject matter China’s hyper-fast merging urban spaces, their meaning and one’s everyday experiences of them. They believe that a new configuration of space through urbanization will lead to a new configuration of society. Their aim is to contribute to some understanding of or gain insight into what these spaces may mean. All four issues of Concrete Flux were presented as part of the exhibition “Teetering at the Edge of the World.”
Jenny Chou is a multidisciplinary designer from Taipei though currently based in Beijing. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 with a minor in Contemporary Theory and Criticism, and her Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University GSAPP in 2008. She has also served as visiting critic at City College of New York, Konkuk University in Seoul, and University of Hong Kong and China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou. In recent years, she has worked with Taiwanese architect Hsieh Ying Chun, Chinese curator and activist Ou Ning as the assistant curator of the 2011 Chengdu Biennale and with Taiwanese curator, Esther Lu, as the designer of the Taiwan Pavillon at the 55th Venice Biennale. In 2014, she founded Studio Atlas, which takes a process-based approach to design that aims to capture the both marks of time and technique as well as the experimental potentials of materials. Each project the studio takes on is an opportunity to articulate a contemporary narrative that bridges between cultures and contexts. Jenny was in conversation with WAI Architecture Think Tank for the July 2014 A.M. Brainstorm and contributed the text “In Search of Center” for the first issue of Bajia.
Jacob Dreyer is a Beijing-based writer and theorist of architecture. He is Senior Editor at Lifestyle 品味生活 Magazine and his work has been published in a wide variety of journals in the US, UK and China. His book The Nocturnal Wanderer is due to be published by Eros Press. Jacob participated in “The Bibliorium” as a guest curator of the curated bookshelves and also read from his book “The Nocturnal Wanderer” during The Bibliorium symposium.
Electric Sheep 电子羊 : Ranging from niche independent films to larger film festival selections, Electric Sheep collectively curates and screens an eclectic mix of domestic and international films of acclaim. With screenings every Wednesday, the Beijing-based film club has an equal mix of foreign and local audience attending their meetings. Electric Sheep curated a selection of films for “The Bibliorium.”
DJ Furth is from a small mountain town in Colorado though has been based in Beijing for nearly eight years. He's most comfortable capturing moments and expressing ideas in the 35mm and 1080p forms. And, occasionally, with words. DJ shot the experiential film for “Perceptions of Home.”
Dominique Lucien Garaudel is a communication designer whose projects look to transform society; he is perpetually questioning how far one can go with creativity and what the role between communication and art. Dominique has created and managed a plethora of cultural projects, exhibitions and symposiums in Uruguay, Morocco and China. As a creative, his works ranges from directing videos, to creating campaigns, making installations, teaching and giving workshops. He founded the Moxie Collective in 2009, which works mostly with cultural institutions. Since 2012 he’s managed The Collective Eye, a project about the collective practice in the art world. At the end of 2014 he created the Wall of Sand project at the Art and Human Rights Festival Artifariti in Western Sahara's refugee camps in the Algerian desert. Since 2015 he has co-run denken3000 Studio. Dominique was in dialogue with Heinz Norbert Jocks and Sebastian Bessonart for the May 2014 AM Brainstorm.
HU Xiangqian 胡向前 (b. 1983) was born in Leizhou, Guangdong Province and graduated in 2007 from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He currently lives and works in Beijing. Hu’s artistic practice is grounded in performance and video works documented with an intentional amateurishness and crudeness. His inspirations and motivations arise from his immediate surroundings, his intuition, and his artistic contemplation of what it means to be an artist. His work highlights the contrasts in our society and amplifies minor incidents into major social signifiers. In his words, he does not consider what he does to be the maker of performance art; rather he focuses on the act of performance itself. He bluntly though genuinely pursues possibilities of experiencing an intangible reality. Through their absurd characteristic, his works often use humor — whether in Sun (2008) where, over the course of months, he attempt to tan his skin the same shade as his African friends in Guangzhou, or Two Men (2008), where he dons the costume of the green pedestrian traffic light man, and dances with a man in red.
Hu’s performance Speech at the End of the World (2013) was included in the “Teetering at the Edge of the World” exhibition in Uruguay. In his work, Hu delivers a motivational speech to 2,000 high school students from his alma mater. The oration follows the protocol of a motivational speech: it is brief, punctuated by pauses and emphatic hand gestures, and has a clear narrative arc. Like a storyteller, he recounts his youth in Leizhou, and conveys the wisdoms he’s gained from personal experience to those who can benefit. Also like a storyteller, who must translate his knowledge and wisdom into a form digestible by the listener, Hu delivers the speech in the Leizhou dialect, despite all classes being conducted in standardized Mandarin, and makes use of contemporary references, like Google Earth, in order to create genuine interest and intrigue amongst his audience.
HUANG Zhenwei 黄振伟 attended the Advanced Writer’s Workshop at Lu Xun’s Academy of Literature in 1997. Since then, he has worked in the publishing industry in Beijing. During his free time, he writes novels and makes documentaries. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Chutzpah! - a literary magazine.
Jiazazhi Press 假杂志 is a small publisher, devoted to exploring the possibilities of photography in the various formats books can present. Their practices include blogzines, photo books of varying shapes and sizes, photo bookshops, and magazines. They are based in Ningbo, a city on the South China Sea.
Heinz-Norbert Jocks is a German author, art critic and curator, currently based in Düsseldorf and working in Paris and Beijing. In addition to being a regular contributor and editor for the magazine Kunstforum International since 1979, Jocks has recorded thousands of interview hours between artists such as Georg Baselitz, Bill Viola, Mike Kelley, and Cindy Sherman, curators such as Massimilliano Gioni, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Harald Szeemann, as well as philosophers such as Jean Baudrillard, Paul Virilio and François Jullien. Additionally, he has written extensively on contemporary art in China, including the works of Qiu Zhijie, Liu Xiaodong, Yu Hong, Cai Guo-Qiang, Huang Yong Ping, and Li Gang amongst others. Furthermore, he is the author and editor of two Kunstforum issues about “Art in Beijing.” Jocks has taught at several art academies in Germany and has lead workshops for art writers and journalists during the ninth Shanghai Biennale. In 2011, Jocks along with Dominique Lucien Garaudel created The Collective Eye. He is currently writing about the relationship between life and art. Norbert was in dialogue with Dominique Garaudel and Sebastian Bessonart during the May 2014 A.M. Brainstorm.
Joe jo 丹坤 is a Chinese artist and storyteller that works and lives in Beijing. He works with photography, film and installation art. He is currently working on a story for his next exhibition, in which he is searching for a connection between reality, fantasy and memory. The protagonist, straight from northern Hubei provence, where a wild childhood was had, commences his story with a meditation in the mountains of Bear Creek, California. In his meditative trance, he seeks a trigger to connect these disparate parts of our conscious while simultaneously exploring the senses that comprise human existence. Born in Hubei province, Joe jo taught himself English and photography when he moved to Beijing in 2005.
Céline Lamée 森林 is a Dutch graphic designer, whose work not only utilizes strong forms, but also quick witted humor to devise clever visual solutions. She loves teaching and has lead many workshops with students in both the UK and China. After seven years of experience at the renown Dutch design company, LAVA, she decided to leave the Amsterdam office to try her Chinese luck, by co-founding the company's Beijing office. Céline collaborated with Bactagon to develop the platform's visual identity. Business cards and flyers aside, Céline masterfully created the endless 'logo game' that so clearly defines the multi-disciplinary work of Bactagon.
LI Mei 李梅 graduated with a BA from Nanjing University of the Arts and a MA from Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London. Upon completion, she returned to China in 2011 to work as the visual editor of LEAP Magazine. While she predominately works at the intersection of photography and design content, she also works as a jewelry designer.
LIN Zhipeng 林志鹏 (aka 223) was born in Guangdong, China and graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies with major in Financial English. Lin is a photographer and freelance writer currently based in Beijing. His blog North Latitude 23, that holds many of his personal photographs and texts, has had millions of views. He has contributed to numerous creative and fashion magazines as an editor and writer, and further has produced photo shoots for magazines such as Vice, S magazine, VISION, iLOOK, City Pictorial, etc as well as brands such as United Nude, Converse, Nike, Glaceau Vitamin Water, Bacardi, etc. He also produced video works such as SANSAR, SCENE, and Xanthium. In 2005 he started his self-publish projects, which has led to the three volume work entitled “My Private Broadway,” the two zines zines entitled “VERSATILE,” and the independent creative magazine, TOO. In 2012 he published a book of his photographic works entitled “NO.223 in Taiwan,” and a personal travel book entitled “SATELLITE OF LOVE.” In 2016, he published the photography book “HIDDEN TRACK” in France. His photography works were included in 3030:NEW PHOTOGRAPHY IN CHINA, Elephant, Back to Black & White, Asian Creatives, etc. Lin’s “Versatile II” was included in the exhibition “Teetering at the Edge of the World.”
LEI Lei 雷磊 is a multi-media artist living and working in Beijing, China. His artistic practice involves stop-motion animation, graphic design, illustration, short cartoons, graffiti and music. He received his MA in animation from Tsinghua University and has had his films shown and awarded at the Ottawa International Animation Festival, Annecy Festival, Holland International Animation Film Festival and was the winner of the 2014 Asian Cultural Council Grant. His stop motion film Recycled (2013) was screened at “The Bibliorium” as part of the “Material Flux” video installation. The images found in Recycled come from negatives salvaged from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing, where they had been sent for filtration of their silver nitrate content. French collector, Thomas Sauvin, built this “Silvermine” archive of more than half a million 35mm negatives, which depict the lives of contemporary China over the past twenty years. From 2011 to 2013, Chinese artist Leilei selected over 3,000 photos from this collection to create this film. By animating these photographs with an intensity of pace—and juxtaposed with a soundtrack of white noise, electric hums, helicopters and traffic sounds—he was able to breathe life back into the stillness of each individual frame, composing a larger portrait of the anonymousness of humanity.
Max Levy left his hometown of New Orleans at the age of 17, Max has spent the last two decades living and working in Alaska, Japan, Colorado, New York, Shanghai and Beijing. Across these various locale, he has learned the skills of his culinary trade, particularly in Japan, a place whose food culture and traditions remind him of his home in Louisiana. He is the owner and head chef of Okra in Beijing and Hong Kong. Max was in dialogue with Aitor Olabegoya during the April 2014 A.M. Brainstorm.
LI Xiaodong 李晓东 is an architect whose work retains a strong discourse within classical Chinese thought, bridging modernity with a perception for sensing space from ‘within’ and the natural world in which it is rooted. On the outskirts of Beijing, nestled at the foot of the Great Wall, sits one of his notable projects — the Liyuan Library. Using firewood to cover the facade, the building effortlessly expresses the essence of a practice that lies a the intersection of artistic ingenuity, spiritual resoluteness and technical precision. Li explores these themes in his book, “Chinese Conception of Space” (1991). Having graduated from the School of Architecture at Tsinghua University, where he now serves as a professor, Li went on to received his PhD in architecture from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. His designs for the Yuhu Elemnetary School in Lijiang, China won the UNESCO Jury Award for Innovation (2004) as well as the Bridge School in Fujian, China which won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (2010). He was interviewed in the piece “Constructing Spatial Experiences: The Influences of Chinese Thought on Architecture” published in the first issue of Bajia.
LIU Chuang 刘窗 is an interventionist, acting in the public sphere as he challenges public perceptions of both daily life and conventional patterns. Exploring social rules, he plays with them as a way to disrupt the conventional status of things with simple, yet poetic ideas that resonate politically and philosophically. His artistic approach takes as its starting point the rupture between individuals and their inner aesthetics, exploring art in new social territories. After developing his practice in Shenzhen, Liu Chuang currently lives and works in Beijing. For “The Bibliorium” symposium, Liu read selected texts from his project Love Story, in which he collected thousands of secondhand pulp romance novels from bookstores in factory cities around Dongguang, Guangdong. Hilighting notes scribbled in the margins of the books, he discovered surprising messages, secret codes and personal memories between friends and lovers.
LIU Xiaodong 刘小东 is a painter of modern life, whose large-scale works serve as a kind of history painting for the emerging world. Liu locates the human dimension to such global issues as population displacement, environmental crisis and economic upheaval, but through carefully orchestrated compositions, he walks the line between artifice and reality. A leading figure among the Chinese Neo-Realist painters to emerge in the 1990s, his adherence to figurative painting amounts to a conceptual stance within a contemporary art context where photographic media dominate. His undertaking ‘to see people as they really are’ was galvanized in the aftermath of 1989 events and, alert to the legacy of Chinese Socialist Realism, his compositions are painted with loose, casual brushstrokes and layered with meaning. While he works from life and often en plein air, he chooses sitters to supply ancillary narratives to landscapes or situations. This participatory dimension to his practice, where projects are also documented by diaries and films, reflects an urgent sense of interconnection: ‘Society and art’, he says, ‘should be like breathing – one breathes in and the other breathes out’ (2008).
Liu Xiaodong lives and works in Beijing but has undertaken projects in Tibet, Japan, Italy, the UK, Cuba and Austria, and in his hometown of Jincheng, located in the north-eastern province of Liaoning, China, where he was born in 1963. A selection of entries from his Hometown Boy (2013) project diary were translated from their original Chinese to be included in the “Teetering at the Edge of the World” exhibition. His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions including Qatar Museums Gallery, Doha (2016), Gwangju Biennale (2014), Shanghai Biennale (2000, 2010), the 15th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006) and the Venice Biennale, Italy (2013, 1997). He is currently a professor at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing and is represented by Mary Boone Gallery (NYC), Eslite (Taiwan) and Lisson Gallery, from who parts of this biography was borrowed.
Catherine McMahon 馬紅 is a designer, researcher, and historian based in Shanghai. Her work focuses on the intersection of technology and nature, histories of digital representation, and more recently the role of craft production in contemporary society. She studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is also a co-founder of the design studio, Atlas. Catherine participated in the September A.M. Brainstorm and discussed the process of collecting as art with photography collector, Thomas Sauvin.
Jordan Thomas Mitchell is a musician by birthright and an artist by toil. Relocating to Beijing at the age of 19, Mitchell developed an instigative performance art practice targeting phenomena observed in a society he had few tools by which to chisel an understanding. From street performance pieces that flagrantly intrude the camera into uninvited social situations (The Sleeper, 2010), to identity-defying musical performances upending Mitchell’s background as a folk-musician and re-situating his person as a series of permutations on a made-up character called Chronmaster (Chronmaster, 2012 / Dirge King, 2013 / Earth Eater, 2014 / Donna Chron, 2017), the work Mitchell produces is urgent, inspired and emotional. Jordan participated in an A.M. Brainstorm together with John Brady, following the pair's improvised musical performance at "The Bibliorium" opening night. His film Native Vision was included in the Montevideo exhibition "Teetering at the Edge of the World" and was performed as live theater during Fictionalized Realities.
MENG Qi 孟奇 is electronic music artist, synth maker, programmer and professor, who has given instrument building workshops and lectures at the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Beijing Contemporary Music Institute, Beijing’s Maker Space, Zajia Lab, Shanghai’s XinCheJian, and Maker Carnivals, amongst other institutions. Asa pioneer of Chinese contemporary digital art, he is renowned for his distinctive devices, instruments and the music they produce, resulting in their use by electronic music artists world wide. Meng Qi participated in the June 2014 A.M. Brainstorm and performed live during “The Bibliorium” and “Perceptions of Home.” He further contributed a piece “Multi-layer Sampling” to the first issue of Bajia.
Matthew Neiderhauser, depending on the day, is either an artist, photojournalist, or cinematographer. He studied anthropology and economics at Columbia University before moving to Beijing in 2007 to focus on longterm documentary ventures depicting urban development, creative communities, and the rise of consumer culture across China. During this time his work appeared in publications such as Wired, The New Yorker, National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and Foreign Policy. While in China he also began production on his first feature documentary “Kapital Creation: Chasing the Chinese Dream” along with other new media projects that brought him back to New York in 2014. Matthew then earned his MFA in Art Practice from SVA and is currently a visiting scholar at the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism, visiting artist at the MIT Center for Arts, Science, and Technology, and member of New Inc, where he cofounded Sensorium Works. Photographs from Niederhauser’s “Kapital Creation” series were included in the “Teetering at the Edge of the World” exhibition.
Luis NUO 路易斯诺 is a (fake) screenwriter, (fake) poet and (fake) artist. He is the author of the nine-hour film "In Course of the Miraculous” (2015) directed by Cheng Ran. He is currently meditating on whether it is fiction that creates reality or reality that creates fiction. Luis contributed the screenplay, "A Day in the Life of Jane" to the first issue of Bajia.
Aitor Olabegoya was the first prize winner at The International Competition for Young Chefs in Spain in 1999. He is also the most award winning Spanish chef in Beijing. He is currently the head chef of the two Migas restaurants in Beijing, though splits his time between Hong Kong, Spain and Beijing. He is constantly in search of new recipes and cooking techniques that enable him to fuse different products from different cultures, and pair them with his special Mediterranean touch. Olabegoya was in conversation with Max Levy in the first A.M. Brainstorm (April 2014).
Robin Peckham 岳鸿飞 is a curator and critic living in Beijing and Hong Kong. He is currently the deputy chief editor of LEAP magazine and chief editor of The Art Newspaper (Hong Kong). He founded and directed the independent exhibition space Saamlung (Hong Kong) until 2013. Since then, he has organized exhibitions for institutions including the City University of Hong Kong, the Goethe Institut, and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. His writing is published regularly in ArtForum, Yishu, and Broadsheet, as well as in catalogs for the Minsheng Art Museum, Para/Site Art Space, and Timezone8. Peckham was a guest curator for “The Bibliorium” symposium.
Pet Conspiracy 宠物同谋 was founded in 2007, and since then has become a household name amongst the Chinese youth population – ironic, given the band’s underground start and indie musical elements. A hit from the start, the band’s somewhat coincidental formation starts from a commercial Tiger Beer campaign. Although the band members have changed and the direction has shifted since its founding, Huzi (producer), along with Edo (percussions), Yun Yun (vocals) and Mary (vocals) remain a dynamic quartet with strong musical talents, animal fetishes and a love-hate relationship that epitomizes all creative output. Having toured throughout Asia and Europe, the electro band’s performances reach beyond the auditory sense. Incorporating carefully planned stage and lighting designs, the band is always dressed to impress – masked animals or space-aged costumes are not rare. Eccentric in every angle, Pet Conspiracy’s performances are wildly intoxicating with vivid beats that energize the body and mind. Bactagon Projects collaborated with Pet Conspiracy to develop the “Shadow Beats” (2013) photography exhibition and live music and areal dance performance at Yugong Yishan.
Michelle Proksell 媚潇 is a Saudi born American artist based in China, working with video, storytelling, performance, music, photography and the World Wide Web. Alongside writing and producing visual mediums, she is an active freelance photographer in Beijing. She is currently collaborating with bāc-tā-gon to document projects via photography, video footage, audio, as well as produces the A.M. Brainstorm podcast.
Qiu Anxiong 邱黯雄 is an artist, animator and currently a professor in he Design School at the East China Normal University. His most notable animations include “New Book of Mountain and Sea,” “Republican Era Landscape,” and the video installation “For the Forgotten Memory.” In 2007 he founded the Museum of Unknown, a platform for dialogue and collaboration across different disciplines, including the arts, sociology, science, architecture. His works have participated in the Sao Paulo Biennale, the Shanghai Biennale, the Guangzhou Triennial (Now the Asia Biennale), the Sydney Biennale and the Asia-Pacific Triennial. Qiu Anxiong’s works “New Book of Mountain and Sea I and II” as well as “Temptation of the Land” and “Integrated Circuits” were included in the exhibition “Teetering at the Edge of the World.”
Alessandro Rolandi 利山 studied chemistry, experimental theatre and film-making and art history. Since 2003, he has been living and working in Beijing as a multimedia and performance artist, director, curator, researcher, writer and lecturer. His work focuses on social intervention and relational dynamics to expand the notion of art practice beyond existing structures, spaces and hierarchies and engage directly with reality in multiple ways. In 2011, he founded the Social Sensibility Research & Development Department at Bernard Controls in Beijing and in 2014 founded the Paris branch. He is also one of the founding partners of the Social Sensibility Research Institute (SoSense). Rolandi created a unique installation of the stories and narratives created throughout SSR+D for the “Teetering at the Edge of the World” exhibition.
Thomas SAUVIN 苏文 is a French photography collector, editor and curator who lives in Paris. Since 2006, the photography collector has amassed and archived more than half a million negatives destined for destruction. The Beijing Silvermine offers a unique photographic portrait of China and the lives of its populace over a period of 20 years – from 1985, when Kodak film first became available in China, to 2005, when digital photography became the most prevalent popular technology. The name Silvermine is derived from Sauvin’s process of collecting these negatives; for eight years, Sauvin traveled to a Beijing landfill where he bought the negatives from a man who collected silver nitrate. As an “archive artist,” Sauvin has worked with Chinese artists, graphic designers and animators to turn the collection into a vast range of narrated artworks, including artist books, animated films, GIFs and installations. He has worked for the UK-based Archive of Modern Conflict (AMC) for whom he collects Chinese work, from contemporary art photography to period publications and anonymous photography. Sauvin has participated in exhibitions including Photographic Oddities from the AMC, Caochangdi Photo Festival, Beijing (2012), and more recently his project “Beijing Silvermine” was presented by Singapore International Photo Festival (2012); FORMAT Photo Festival, Derby, UK (2013); The Salt Yard, Hong Kong (2013); and Lianzhou Foto Festival (2013), China’s premier international photography festival, where it received New Photography Award of the Year.
Harrison Schaaf is a Los Angeles born-and-bread director, cinematographer and visual artist specializing in telling immersive visual stories around the globe. To date, Harrison has shot for clients in Shanghai, Patagonia, Taiwan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Beijing, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Los Angeles and New York. Harrison presented the photoessay “Tunnel Vision” in the first issue of Bajia.
SHEN Zejian is a human who creates things in San Francisco, CA. Her work includes illustrations, comics, animation, design, film and photography. These days she is the creative media producer at the SF Asian Art Museum, and sometimes she pets cute animals on the street. Zejian was in conversation with Chen Xi during the August 2014 A.M. Brainstorm.
Joe Sneed is an artist and educator. Having spent the better part of 2011 in Beijing, Sneed – a foreigner to China, its culture and its language – was overwhelmed by the mass consumption, which while similar to that in the West, was perceived though the lens of an outsider. Trying to make sense of his Chinese experience, he worked as an archeologist – looking through the debris of that which was consumed to piece together a contemporary historical narrative. While his Western ideological background colored his organizational logic, this project – 100! Facts From China – was not created by him, but rather he was submitted to it. In a place where his language and logic had no context, these are “incidental facts. They are the products of a castrated artist." He presented this installation in the "Teetering at the Edge of the World" exhibition.
Matjaž Tančič is a Slovenian photographer, who lives and creates between Beijing and Ljubljana. He began his path as a photojournalist for Mladina magazine, but quickly made his way abroad – Matjaž is a graduate of the London College of Fashion. Matjaž has 68 group and 28 solo exhibitions behind him, with his work being featured in magazines such as Der Spiegel, Fast Company, Geo, National Geographic publications, L’Officiel Magazine, Vogue, Playboy, Elle, Tatler, Marrie Claire, amongst others. He has won awards in the Sony World Photography Organization 2013 contest, 3D category; a SloveniaPress Photo award 2012, Nature category; and was among the six finalists in the 2009 Google Photography Prize contest.
TANG Di 唐棣: Tang Di is a novelist and filmmaker. Having started his writing career in 2003, his works have be published in Today, Southern Weekly, Short Fiction (Taiwan), Hua Cheng, Chutzpah, and Zi Hua, amongst other prestigious arts publications across Mainland China and Taiwan. In 2008, he started producing short art films. In 2014, he finished his feature “A Man from Manchuria,” which was premiered in China during “The Bibliorium” symposium.