Introduction

The city border in flux, where seats Guangdong Times Museum, sees the shaping of the archetypal suburban landscape of the Pearl River Delta enabled by hybrid forms of urbanization and complex demographics. Diverse communities coalesce in this land of variegated attributes: native rural populations, the new middle-class drawn by real estate development, and migrant workers gathering around small manufacturing concerns, all growing in symbiosis—such is the surrounding and context of the museum.

In the new round of urban planning, the Huangbian community that houses the museum is under renovation to be the Design Capital of Guangzhou, one of the largest industrial clusters of design in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. Undergoing a process of swift gentrification, how would the museum and art witness, engage in and respond to such a zealous social transformation?

Banyan Commune is a unique phenomenon of community life and civil culture in southern China, a gathering place traditionally served as a community center for the neighborhood. The Banyan Commune is a community art project initiated in 2016, which space has witnessed the seasonal changes, day-and-night alternate of the surrounding neighborhood while serving as the window for connecting the museum to public.

时代美术馆位于变动中的城市边缘,城市化进程中的混合形态、复杂的人口构成,造就了眼前典型的珠三角城郊景观。多样的土地属性凝聚成样貌丰富的社区群体:原生的农业人口、房地产项目带来的新兴中产阶级,因小型制造业聚集的外来劳工等在这片区域共生共长,美术馆亦置身其中。

在新一轮的城市规划里,美术馆所在的黄边社区将改造为“广州设计之都”,成为粤港澳湾区规模最大的设计产业集群之一。在这场迅速的士绅化进程中,艺术将如何见证、参与和回应这一迫不及待的都市变革?

榕树头,华南地区街头文化及市民生活的独特代名词,是一个街头巷尾、行人驻足的临时据点,是传统的社区中心。“榕树头”是广东时代美术馆2016年起免费向公众开放的全新项目,其空间位于美术馆正门入口旁的临街玻璃墙内。它见证着周边社区季节与朝夕变化,亦是美术馆面向公众的直接窗口。

Eligible Applicants

The Banyan Commune welcomes proposals by local and international artists and collectives for bi-annual, month-long residencies. Proposed projects should be visual, participatory, and public engaging in nature, including installation, video, sounds, performance,and events among others.

榕树头项目公开向国内外的艺术家及团体征集方案,进行一个月的驻地创作。我们期待兼具视觉性、参与性及公共性的项目方案,包括但不限于装置、影像、声音、行为、事件等多种形式。

Application Process

Application Requirements
- Project proposal, including the statement, working schedule, presentation plan, and a detailed plan of project realization
- Applicant’s portfolio
- Description of assistance needed for realizing the project

To Apply
Please combine all your application files into a single PDF file and e-mail to banyan@timesmuseum.org (If there is a video component in your files, please include it as a web link instead.)

Application Deadline
June 30, 2018

申请资料需包含:
- 作品概念陈述,实施计划及展示方案;
- 个人作品集;
- 项目实施所需要的协助。


申请方法:

- 请将申请资料整合成一个单独的PDF文件(如包含视频作品请附网络链接),发至banyan@timesmuseum.org;
- 申请截止日期:2018年6月30日

Reviewing Process
The proposed projects will undergo two rounds of reviewing committee evaluation. Committee is composed of the curatorial and public programmes departments of Times Museum. The first round will be within one month after the deadline for application. Five proposals will be selected for the second round of review. Selected artists will then need to provide further plan within 15 days. Two proposals will be selected for the residency each year. The finalists will be published on the museum’s website and other media. All applicants will receive email notification regardless of whether they are selected.

项目评选过程:

申请方案需要通过评审委员会的两轮评选,评审委员会由时代美术馆展览及公共项目部策展团队组成。首轮评审在方案截止后一个月内举行。之后将有5位艺术家的方案进入第二轮评审,艺术家需于15天内提交更详细的方案。评审结果会以邮件方式通知,并在时代美术馆相关网络平台公布。

Facilities

The artist will act as a host of this temporary public space, using the Huangbian neighbourhood as research subject to foster continuous dialogue, understanding,and communication about the actual context of the museum. Reflecting on the role of the contemporary art museum in a residential community while constructing organic relations between the institution and the surrounding place, Banyan Commune intends to generate a trace for the ever-changing region of South China in the process of urbanization.

一年两期,艺术家将成为这个临时性公共空间的主人,以黄边社区作为研究样本,通过开展持续的对话,不断深入地认知、沟通,理解美术馆所处的现实语境,反思当代美术馆在社区中的角色,建立美术馆与周边社区的有机关系,为探索城市化进程中不断变化的南中国地域提供另一个线索。

Program Fees

Selected artist or artist collective will be provided with:
- Accommodation and workspace with basic living facilities
- Round-trip economy-class flight or train tickets to Guangzhou
- Living expenses during the residency
- Production budget of up to 50,000 RMB (appox. 7500 USD)
- Assistance with applying for extra grants or sponsorships
- Project assistant, support for academic research and translation, etc.

获选艺术家或团体将获得:
- 驻地住宿及工作空间,包含满足基本生活需求的设备;
- 往返广州的机票(经济舱)/火车票;
- 驻地期间生活补贴;
- 不超过5万元人民币的作品制作费用;
- 协助额外基金或者赞助的申请;
- 项目助理,学术研究及翻译等支持。

Additional Information

Please note
- Before submitting your application, it’s suggested that the artist do local research on the city of Guangzhou and the context of the surrounding community of Times Museum.
- The Banyan Commune project focuses on locality, and we encourage the participating artists to collaborate with various local institutions, researchers and other artists into the proposal.

注意事项:
- 提交申请前,建议深入了解广州以及时代美术馆所处的社区语境;
- 方案中请详述作品实施的过程,驻地工作计划以及展览的呈现方式;
- 项目强调在地性,我们鼓励申请艺术家与本地不同类型的机构、研究者和其他艺术家合作,并纳入方案中。