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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Yinzi Theater - Hu Yn

August 11, 2016 18:26

China Residencies sat down and talked to Hu Yin, founder of YINZI Theater in Chongqing about their two-week performance artist residency, and the challenges of running and promoting an experimental theater in a creative district dominated by the visual arts.

China Residencies: How long has YINZI Theater been around for? 
Hu Yin: Hu Ying Theater was the predecessor of YINZI, and was started in September 2010. In 2011 we established YINZI, and I’ve officially been running the institution since 2012 after a few months of prep work. It’s been 5 years now.

CR: When did you start the residency program? 
HY: We established the r ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: XuCun International Art Commune - Qu Yan

August 06, 2016 16:04

China Residencies met with Qu Yan, artist and founder of XuCun International Art Commune, in his studio in Huairou's Qiaozi Art Community to talk about the unique challenges of running an international residency in a 2,000-year-old agricultural village.

China Residencies: When did the project start? How do you find about the village of Xucun in Shanxi province?
Qu Yan:  I cam across Xucun around 2007, it was very coincidental. I had been working on my village photography project since 2005, and I happened to find this place deep inside the Tai Hang Mountain. There are still partial remnants of the village's trad ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Basement6 - Katy Roseland

August 05, 2016 16:25

Katy Roseland is the co-founder of Basement6 Collective, as well as an artist currently taking part in the Swatch Art Peace Hotel residency. She recently created an Artist's Guide to WeChat for China Residencies, and told us all about her many online and offline creative endeavours in Shanghai.

China Residencies: Give us a rundown. What is it Basement6 and how did it come to be?
Katy Roseland: Our community has evolved into a sort of underground alternative art space in downtown Shanghai. We initially started as a group of friends and collaborators in a raw concrete wartime bunker. We eventually started attracti ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: am Art Space - Lam & Yu Ji (Jam)

August 05, 2016 15:45

China Residencies got in touch with am Art Space founders Lam & Yu Ji (Jam) over e-mail to learn more about the history and mission of their Shanghai-based art space and residency program.

China Residencies: Since starting am Art Space in 2008, how has the residency changed?
Lam & Jam: am Art Space was established in 2008 and the residency program followed after, in 2010. During the early stages of the residency we didn’t really have strict requirements for the application process, including deadlines or projects’ thematic focuses. It was mostly just artists getting in touch and we would give them the residency if w ...

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Announcing #slowtrain artist Roopa Vasudevan

July 26, 2016 18:13

We're excited to announce that Roopa Vasudevan will be our next #slowtrain virtual residency artist, taking over the China Residencies Instagram while she rides the Trans-Siberan Railway from Moscow on August 8th and arriving in Beijing on August 22nd, by way of Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Irkutsk, and Ulaanbaatar. 

Roopa will be creating a series of algorithmically-generated composite images examining the difference in train compartment design between Western Russia, Siberia, Mongolia and mainland China. During the journey, she will attempt to take compositionally identical photos of sleeping com ...

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July 21, 2016 20:19

China Residencies spoke to German photographer Saskia Ketz about her project Anybodies Home completed at Pantocrator's residency program in Shanghai.

China Residencies: How did you find out about Pantocrator?
Saskia Ketz: Just online. I've been in Bangkok for almost three months, doing an internship for the United Nations, and I also work as a freelance photographer for them. I actually wanted to do a project in Thailand, so I read about this artist in residence program called Pantocrator but Raul [Alvaro] told me that this program was not in operation, so he invited me to come to Shanghai and I said, ok why not ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Joshua Hoare at Chinese European Art Centre

July 14, 2016 21:57

China Residencies caught up with contemporary performance and circus art director Joshua Hoare after he returned from his residency at Chinese European Art Centre. Joshua was awarded a residency from the “Two to Three 二到三” program in 2015.

China Residencies: How was China?
Joshua Hoare: Amazing! So lovely. It really changed my self-definition. I felt like it was really pivotal to go out there as a performing artist, not as a director, it really evolved my work.

CR: That’s amazing, that’s one of the most profound reactions.
JH: It was. I set up a partnership for further collaboration with the Fujian Circus, and I also made a cou ...

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Introducing Our Summer 2016 Collaborators

July 14, 2016 19:10
This summer, we're looking forward to working alongside three brilliant young people to continue our mission of helping artists and the residencies that host them. Sam Gong is coming on board as our summer intern working on translation projects, Fei Liu continues to conduct interviews in her role of contributing researcher, and Willem Molesworth will be joining the team as development associate to help design and implement our first fundraising campaign.

Sam Gong 龚翊鑫 is a new media art enthusiast and zine collector. Starting in 2013, he worked as the curatorial and development assistant for Organhaus, a no ...
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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Handshake 302 - Mary Ann O'Donnell & Zhang Kaiqin

July 14, 2016 18:23

China Residencies got in touch with Handshake 302 founders Mary Ann O'Donnell & Zhang Kaiqin over e-mail to learn more about their organization and the open call for their newly established residency program in Shenzhen.

China Residencies: What is Handshake 302 and how did it come to be?
Mary Ann O'Donnell & Zhang Kaiqin: The Handshake 302 Art Space is a repurposed, 12.5 m2 efficiency apartment on the third floor of Building 49, a six-story walk-up apartment building in Baishizhou, one of Shenzhen’s most infamous urban villages. The name of the art space, Handshake 302 alludes to both the most common form of walk up a ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Barbara Tong at Swatch Art Peace Hotel

July 06, 2016 21:16

We visited Barbara Tong during her Swatch Art Peace Hotel residency to talk about ceramics, Shanghai's chorus of voices and residencies around the world.

China Residencies: Tell us a little about your background. Where did you grow up and how did you get interested in art?
Barbara Tong: I’m from Hong Kong and the local opinion back in those days was, “Oh, don’t be an artist, go make money!” But I really enjoy doing things with my hands even though I didn’t study art. And then while studying in London, I used to walk past an art school almost every day because it was close to my Uni, and they had students’ work displayed in the wind ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Ou Chiacheng and Zhao Wanqing at Red Gate Residency

July 02, 2016 21:16

China Residencies spoke with designer 趙宛青 Zhao Wanqing and photographer 歐家成 Ou Chiacheng about their project, Made in Taiwan, created during their 2015 Crystal Ruth Bell Residency for Duos, Trios & Collectives at Red Gate Residency.

China Residencies: Let’s start with some introductions. How did you two meet?
Ou Chiacheng: She was one of my co-worker’s students when I was teaching.
Zhao Wanqing: We met before I left China, and we worked on this project together to investigate relationships. Basically I was going to leave in three months and if we were going get into into a romantic relationship, he would use photography as ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Videotage - Isaac Leung

July 02, 2016 20:32

During Art Basel Hong Kong, China Residencies spoke with Isaac Leung, chairperson of Videotage, at their “The Crowdfunding Lab” showcase.

China Residencies: Let’s start off with the basics. Tell us about yourself and how you got here.
Isaac Leung: Long story! Well, I wear multiple hats. I’m an artist and actually had my show open at Connecting Spaces.

CR: Oh I saw that, congratulations!
IL: Thanks! So yeah I’m trained as an artist. I studied video and media arts at the Art Institute of Chicago, and then I came back to Hong Kong and started to wear the other hat of a curator. I’m currently the chairman of Videotage, one of the most histor ...

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Summer 2016 Deadlines + Open Calls + Opportunities

June 30, 2016 15:35

Here's a short list of deadlines for residencies, professional development, calls for papers, jobs & lots of different things you can apply to that have a connection to China. We'll update this post regularly until September 21st, if you come across something that belongs here, please send us your tips to nihao [at]!


    • Charcoal Home, a new artist residency in Zhanjiang, is calling for visual artists for the months of September and October. Apply before July 10.

    • The Kunming Municipal Propaganda Department and record label Modern Sky are calling for five musicians t ...
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Open Call for #slowtrain Virtual Residencies

June 11, 2016 11:33

One of our main tenants as a “born-digital" organization is to do most things online and be kind to the planet. We don’t have an office, we try not to print things, and we ride bikes and take public transit or our own feet to get places whenever possible. Of course, we realize that a huge part of our nonprofit’s mission is to travel to and from China, which often involves taking planes… But flying isn’t the only way to get to China, and travelling by train within the country is one of the most amazing ways to see each province’s vast and varying landscapes rush by the windows.

So to share our dual love for trains and the internet ...

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Transnational Dialogues & China Residencies :: UK - China Residency Knowledge Exchange

June 06, 2016 15:34

People who run residencies in China work tirelessly to support the artists they host, and often don't get the chance to take a step back and reflect on the future of their organziations, the nature of their work, or even simply catch up with colleagues. The cost of international travel and the difficulty in obtaining visas adds to the challenge of creating meaningful and lasting international exchange between mainland China and the rest of the world. In order to start shifting this dynamic, we're thankful to Transnational Dialogues for supporting our first Residency Knowledge Exchange to help a young a ...

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Introducing Our New Board

June 04, 2016 02:12

China Residencies is proud have support from of some of the most qualified and accomplished curators, researchers, writers, artists, directors and CEOs. Please join us in welcoming these twelve wonderful people to the China Residencies board:

Governing board:

Jay Brown founded Lijiang Studio in 2004, an arts practice based in a rural farming village in southwest China’s Yunnan Province. Since then, Lijiang Studio has facilitated and produced numerous residencies, exhibitions and events in urban, rural, domestic, public, and private settings. These events are co-curated with the artists involved and with ...

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Open Call for the 3rd Crystal Ruth Bell Residency - Re: Search 研究

June 02, 2016 20:36

For the third edition of the Crystal Ruth Bell Residency, Red Gate & China Residencies are calling for people who base their practice in research to apply for a funded residency in Beijing for the months of November and December 2016.

Curators, writers, researchers, documentary filmmakers, photographers, choreographers, chefs, designers, developers, activists, scientists, architects, and all kinds of visual artists are encouraged to apply with a project proposal that reflects some of Crystal's interests and driving forces: curiosity, dedication, perseverance, words, and maps.

Crystal was always searchi ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Arc Space - 張理耕 Jerome Araki

June 02, 2016 20:03

In February, we connected over Skype with 張理耕 Jerome Araki, director of Arc Space located in Beijing, to ask him about the significance of his space's location in Beijing, what he thinks about the art world in China, and what sort of artists he'd like to have as residents.

China Residencies: Can you tell me a bit about your personal background? Are you a practicing artist? And how to did you become interested in the arts?
Jerome Araki: Aside from running Arc Space I also make my own work. At first my interest in starting the space came from myself being involved in the creative industries, as well as doing some programming f ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Tom Hayes at Kiwisual Arteco

May 30, 2016 02:48

Tom Hayes is an artist, as well as former and future artist residency director. We first met Tom when he was running Da Wang Culture Highland in Shenzhen, then caught up with him again in Guangzhou during his residency at Kiwisual Arteco. He'll be switching gears again very soon to launch a new residency project outside of Zhanjiang this fall, all the while continuing to make his own work.

China Residencies: When did Da Wang close?

Tom Hayes: Da Wang closed officially in March, the owner decided to rent out the space commercially. 

CR: Where there any warning signs?

TH: It had always been a possibly that the space could be re ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE :: Chronus Art Center - Fito Segrera

May 26, 2016 20:55

Fito Segrera is the very first artist to complete Chronus Art Center’s research and creation fellowship. Since then he’s transitioned to Head of Research and Creation at CAC Lab (applications open until June 12, 2016).

China Residencies: What is CAC? Who started it and what does it do?
Fito Segrera: CAC stands for Chronus Art Center and it’s a non-profit new media art institution based in Shanghai’s M50. One of the founders, Dillion, runs four tech companies that provide the funding for CAC. So CAC is kind of a platform for researching new media art and creative technologies that could expand the field.

CR: How many people ...

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