开幕时间：2014年10月28日 周二 下午3点
定海桥坐落于上海当下，离散在上海之外。它在物质上的依然存在和在空间上的持续占据，不能阻止它走向时间的废墟。百年间不同时期的移民工在厂区的小河边、在殖民时期的宿舍和社会主义新村住宅中逐步栖息和搭建起的定海桥，是工人劳动和生活的聚居区，也是不断裂变的底层生命的幽暗丛林。対“工人历史和工人力量”最疯狂的想象都可以在这里被测试和验证，而底层内部和向外的联结与撕裂则镶嵌在凹凸的街巷和交错的因果中。成功的生产者用新旧交织的手段离开这里，留下同历史切割不成的生活者。 一百年后，这个尚未被消灭的幽灵的肉身，令几度尝试“尘埃落定”的叙述变得诡异。有产的无产者、劳动着的非工人、暂居的非移民、城市的非市民、自建的真假住宅、渴望被剥夺的伪主体、假戏真做的物权所有人、渴望离开的老住户……这个在几度反转的时代中屡出风云人物和更多、更长久、也更沉默的小人物的城市边陲，用自我叛变和互相支援的方式安生，在沉默与爆发、沉沦与暴力的交替中，更新身上的液 体和记忆。 定海桥项目不以改变社区为目标，而是期待以自我理解和自我批评为前提，对已有“欲望- 认知”结构的更新，反省艺术作为实践力量对（纠缠现在和未来的）历史的责任，并打开履行这一责任的通道和方法。项目以上海当代艺术博物馆的展览作为正式启动。除九件作为“触发器”的先期作品外，四个坐落于定海桥时空环境和社区人群的工作坊将在展厅中演变。研究者将以定海港路252 号为据点，携带自己的经验，用一年或更长的时间发起和卷入有目的的社区工作、访问和串联，酝酿基于上述行动的创作、展示、讨论和写作——在这一社区流变的尾声，以“对历史的艺术实践”，给未来一份战栗的档案。
Dinghai Qiao: Art Practice into History
The 1st PSA Emerging Curators Program
Opening: 3pm Oct 28 2014 Tuesday
Duration: Oct 28 2014 – Mar 8 2015
Venue: 5A Power Station of Art
Curator: Chen Yun
Shaw Xu Zhifeng
Qiu Zhaoda, Ni Jiangtao, Li Yafeng, Shi Lianchuan
History of Hooligans
The Seventeenth National Cotton Factory
Type, Writing and People
Dinghai Qiao locates at the north east of Shanghai, edge of the historical industrial area since late 19th century. It is a leftover of the proud, the stress and the depression of the Shanghai workers, not yet dislocated but spiritually devalued and psychologically neglected by time and history. Constructed by generations of migrants who escaped the crisis in rural China for working opportunities in Shanghai, Dinghai Qiao has been growing on colonial and socialist housings, as well as legal/illegal housings constructed with their own hands. When a history once said to be made by the workers is no longer, to re-imagine a past thus to make a move into a future (although in most cases, a borrowed capitalist future), becomes an unconscious current undergoing their lives.
For a community that contributed to the cultural revolution by proposing violent struggles within the working class (1960s-1970s), and later, violence within the jobless (1970s-1980s), followed by speculations and laid-off workers(1990s onwards), the ‘troubles’ they carried along can hardly be settled until the arrival of capitalism. Discriminated by other ‘proper’ Shanghai communities, they persist their language, lifestyle and characters by constant rebels. They haunted the settled values and proved them paradoxical, only that they haven’t been listened to and are gradually losing their words.
The PSA exhibition will launch this one-year (or more) project. Nine works based on primary studies serve as initiators. Alongside, four workshops will shift throughout the exhibition, exploring different levels of history and struggle, transformation and resistance marginalized by the city and its dominant discourse. A private house (252 Dinghaigang Road) is rent for one year, serving as a stop-by and a meeting station, an information exchange hub and an event venue for the participants as well as for the neighbors.
Dinghai Qiao does not work as a community art project aiming for a social change. Instead, it expects a self-reflection-based practice that will renew the “desire-recognition” structure seemingly shared by the society. The purpose is to rethink the responsibility of an art practice to a very recent but disclosed history that is haunting the present, and open up the passage and methods of realizing this responsibility.
Art here is more a position than a method through which our engagement with Dinghai Qiao can be called a practice. Works based on observation, interviews, archive studies and visual/linguistic representations will serve as invitations to refresh different affections and recognitions that are core to our ways into a history, thus, present and future. To act on the last page of an ending history (doomed to be demolished within years both physically and in official memory), the whole story could probably be retold by a thrilling archive compiled through our art practice into history.
Power Station of Art Opening Times: 9:00-17:00, last admission 16:00 (Monday Closed)
Add: 5F, 200, Huayuangang Rd., Huangpu District, Shanghai, China
Dinghai Qiao is a project based on mutual support in research and practice. All are welcomed to join us by proposing, criticizing, talking, or other forms of participating.
Address: 252 Dinghaigang Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai