Introduction

Basement6 is an experimental art space founded by a group of artists in 2013. Our underground bunker space serves as a hub for workshops, exhibitions, co-working and incubating. We aim to serve as a experiential learning center and community space.

Eligible Applicants

The objective of this residency is to host a (series of) workshop(s) for our collective and the public. These workshop sessions (or session) should focus on the aspect of experimentation and social arts. Ideally, the artist would have an exhibition at the final stages of the residency based on the workshop or incubation sessions.

Work can be collaborative, collective or individual. Our studio is no longer a wet studio, so we focus primarily on installation, performance and new media. We prefer to have artists work outside their primary medium.

Application Process

Applicants should explain why their project is executed in Shanghai specifically. We want to know a bit about you as an artist and human. It would be great to understand your work process and what you hope to gain from your research with Basement6.

The residence should last 4-7 weeks.

Apply online here: https://chinares.wufoo.com/forms/basement6/

Facilities

Basement6 is located underground in a sort of makeshift community center which hosts a record store, Uptown Records and screen printing studio, Idle Beats Print Club. Our space is about 80sqm in the largest room and has two smaller rooms which can serve as working spaces. Again, we are underground, there are no windows or sunlight. But there is wifi! And our collective has the resources to secure materials and supplies. We have an online platform that the artist is welcome to use.

The living space affords a bright sunny reading and writing room.

Program Fees

Applicants must secure their own grant or funds and visa for living in Shanghai.

Additional Information

Basements aren't so creepy.

Here's what we're looking for right now, as of February 5 2017:

Happy rooster year from Basement6 underground art space. We had a great CNY cleaning out glitter from dusty corners and making room for more magic, more cultural administration inspections and more war preparations. We hope you are feeling young and crazed.

地下室艺术空间祝你鸡年大吉。新的一年我们为新的魔法,文化行政管理和预备战腾出了一个新的角落。我们希望你仍为年轻感到疯狂。

We are geared to continue to battle reality and produce impossible scenarios. If you would like to join us in writing or cancelling the future, we are looking for more social sculptors as to join us as a (fellow) unpaid intern (ye I mean we are all unpaid. if you want money, you already lost.)

我们从不停歇,与现实战斗,制造不可能的情况。我们在寻找更多的社会雕塑家加入我们 的无薪(同伴)实习(是的我的意思是我们都没有薪水。如果你想要钱,你已经失去了)。如 果你愿意和我们一起创造或毁灭未来。

apply for the following residencies. BY 2/22

申请以下的驻留计划。2月22日前

BARTENDER RESIDENCY

Talks to people until they listen or run away.
Invests in glitter mascara.
Burned out on Shanghai “nightlife” but can’t keep their ass at home.
Has more pronouns than you have friends.
Also has lots of friends, loves friends and youtube tutorials.

吧台驻留
和朋友们聊天直到他们离开。
投资亮闪闪的睫毛膏。
可不能让夜生活动物们都呆坐在家里,烧光上海!
比'你有朋友'还要更多的代词。
确实有很多朋友,爱朋友们还有youtube教程

(this is a vacancy for someone who can performatively serve drinks at our events, which is an integral part of our practice as this pays the rent for our venue space. this role can be filled with a performance or character as our bar serves as a stage)

(某人可以填补活动上服务酒水的空缺,也同时是我们给这个场地付房租的重要部分。我 们的吧台就是你行为角色的舞台)

WEBDEVELOPER RESIDENCY

Wants to make brutalist layouts but no clients understand.
Hates html5. Hates sleep.
Wishes that websites were in VR.
Might hack us if we were worth it.

网络发展驻留
想要做没人能理解的野兽派设计。
讨厌HTML5,讨厌睡觉。
如果我们值得被开发的话。
我希望我们的网站是VR虚拟空间。

(this is a vacancy for someone who can help us update our website based on our ongoing exhibitions and announcements. this person may administer the website in anyway they see fit.)

(这是填补我们网站上更新展讯和声明的重要空缺。你可以管理这个网页上任何认为合适的角落。)

SOCIAL SCULTPOR RESIDENCY

In aesthetic poverty.
Wechat chat log is a constant avalanche of contacting people.
Looking for a common enemy.
Wants to make friends, make friends do things.
Tired of group dinners.

社会雕塑家驻留
微信上不间断的联系人们。寻找一个稳定的团队。想要交更多的朋友,和朋友们共事。
厌倦了聚会晚餐。

(this is more of an organization role that seeks to have direct access to our public to host and curate events around cultural change. this person has visions for events and has (or is developing an agenda they wish to carry out)

(在文明变化的周围寻找更直接肯定的社会关系来主持和策展活动。具备活动的眼力(或正在孕育和执行一些议程)

IRL(In Real Life) RESIDENCY

Didn't forget about physical reality.
Likes to touch things, maybe break them.
Nurturer.
Has never lost a set of keys.
Would love to use a cement drill more often.

活体驻留
从不忘记任何现实生活中的事物。
喜欢触摸,或破坏他们。
养育员。
从不忘记钥匙。
乐意经常使用水泥电钻。

(this is a vacancy integral in developing and maintaining our brick and mortar structure, potentially a person who lives in our neighborhood of jiaotong university and is comfortable being the eyes and ears of our space with potential to build and install work)

(改造和掌管砖头水泥结构,住在交通大学附近的邻居会比较有潜力,同时作为我们空间的眼睛和耳朵,做些体力劳动)

WECHAT RESIDENCY

Worships transaction art.
Spends more money on data than food.
Has a really intense camera roll.
Looking for subscribers.
Will send nudes.

微信驻留
崇尚交易艺术。
花在数据流量上的钱比饭钱还要多。
有大量的手机截屏。
寻找订阅者。
将直接发布。

(this role should be filled by a person who dreams to admin a WeChat official account. takes control of media and is a counterforce of PR. can also carryout their own campaigns on our platform)

(梦想管理微信公众号的人可以担任此角色。控制媒体,并且是公共关系的反作用力。也可以在我们的平台开展自己的活动。)

IF YOU BELIEVE IN UNFILTERED CULTURE OR YOU ARE INTERESTED IN OBSERVING THE CENTER OF THE VOLCANO BEFORE IT ERUPTS, PLEASE SEND US YOUR INFO, ARTWORK, MANIFESTOS BY 2/22. LETS REPOSITION AUTHORITY IN OUR BED OF DUST.

THANKS FOR BEING A FRIEND

如果你相信没有过滤的文化或者
你对观察即将喷发的火山口感兴趣,
请发给我们你的资料和艺术作品,
2月22日前的宣言
让我们撼动床上灰尘的权威
谢谢做我们的朋友

A bit of transparency about basement6.
一些地下室的内部讯息
We are a volunteer group.
Culture is not entertainment.
Our rent is paid by beers sold. We take no money for our work.
We eat trash and have other jobs maybe.
We are not weakened by poverty.

THE MOTOR OF CULTURE IS DISSATISFACTION.

我们是个志愿者团队。
文化并不是娱乐。
我们卖啤酒交房租。我们都是无偿在这里工作。
我们吃垃圾食品的同时拥有别的工作。
我们并没有向富裕低头。
文化的驱动从不满意。