The Jing Issue


A special Beijing insert for CA (CasaAmica) architecture and design magazine
CA – CasaAmica October 2011 | 22-page insert


concept/editing ::  Beatrice LEANZA
graphic design ::  ourwork.is
contributors ::  Beatrice LEANZA (texts and translations), XIAO Longhua (illustrations), Nod YOUNG (illustrations), SONG Min (texts and translations), Cici WANG (texts and translations), Boris SHIU (photos), FANG Zhenning (photos)

On the occasion of the first Beijing International Design Week 2011, Italian CA magazine commissioned a special Beijing-themed insert—a guided journey and a design portrait of the city as seen through its characteristic spatial typologies. Following CA’s editorial structure, generally organized according to seven keywords pointing to a thematic focus, The “(Bei)Jing Issue” indexes instead seven ‘key-spaces’ which are explored as micro-universes where things and people speak for themselves, to and of the city. With an opening and closing section respectively dubbed “Entrance (rukou)” and “Exit (chukou)”, the seven key spaces/chapters unveil a city that like a mysterious Chinese box is made of infinite worlds-within-world. Macro- to micro- and back again, we start from rooms, houses, gardens and courtyards, traverse urban villages, old factories and entire districts, to eventually land in the digital mazes of social networks.

Key spaces:

  • 环路 / Anelli & Griglie / Grids & Rings
  • 胡同 / Vetrine / Storefronts
  • 四合院 / Giardini Segreti / Courtyards
  • / Villaggi in Città / Minimal Heavens
  • 场地 / Magazzini & Depositi / Mighty Warehouses
  • 内外 / Beijing Interiors
  • 微波 / Nella Rete / Webs
SEE ALSO ::

UBS Collection in China


visual identity, graphic & catalogue design
UBS Art collection three-part touring exhibition in China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou)




The three exhibitions each presented a different selection of work assembled by Joanne BERNSTEIN, curator of the UBS Art Collection.

catalogues included ::
Moving Horizons –The UBS Art Collection: 1960s to the Present Day, NAMOC – National Art Museum of China | September 29 – November 4, 2008
Memories for Tomorrow: Works from The UBS Art Collection, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai | June 6 – July 20, 2008
Fact and Fiction: Recent works from The UBS Art Collection, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou | February 21 – March 22, 2009

SEE ALSO ::

Aftershock


Contemporary British Art 1990-2006

15 December 2006 − 04 February 2007
Guangdong Museum Of Art | Guangzhou, CN

08 March 2007 − 06 May 2007
Capital Museum | Beijing, CN




editors :: Emily BUTLER, LIANG Junhong
publisher :: Cultural and Education Section, British Embassy | 2006
publication information :: full color images, 155 pages, English and Chinese
graphic design :: LI Naihan

Aftershock tells the story of how the UK’s artistic landscape was revolutionized as a new generation of British artists injected a heady mix of controversy and glamour into the contemporary art world. As a result, the UK’s art market has enjoyed a spectacular resurgence, and popularity in exhibitions of contemporary art has soared, as witnessed in the runaway success of Tate Modern, London’s first museum of international modern and contemporary art which opened in 2000. Aftershock features eight works selected from the British Council’s own extensive collection of British art, in addition to major loans from public and private collections, and works lent by the artists themselves. It includes sculpture, painting, video installation, photography and works on paper, both early iconic works and new work made in the past year.” –excerpt from press release


Alllooksame?


Tutttoguale? 
Art from China, Japan and Korea

8 November 2006 – 11 February 2007
Catalogue of exhibition at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo | Turin, IT




curator ::  Francesco BONAMI

Alllooksame? / Tutttuguale? is an exhibition aimed at emphasizing the complexity of the art scene in China, Japan and Korea from a Western point of view. Such an approach shows how difficult it can be for a non-Asian curator to set aside his prejudices and find a thread across the different identities of the three countries, which are already intertwined on a historical and linguistic level, but completely different, or even opposed, in terms of culture and creativity. The title, Alllooksame? / Tutttuguale?, was borrowed from an Internet site that was created by a young Japanese — partly as a joke, partly to celebrate the stereotype of “diversity at any cost” while underlining the significant difference between prejudice and racism.

from the introduction written by Francesco BONAMI

participating artists ::  CAO Fei, CHEN Qiulin, CHEN Shaoxiong, CHEN Xiaoyun, HU Yang, JIANG Zhi, KAN Xuan, LI Shurui, LIANG Juhui, LIU Ding, LIU Wei, LU Chunsheng, Qingyun MA, SHI Yong, SONG Tao, WANG Xingwei, Xu Zhen, YANG Yong, YANG Zhenzhong; AYOAMA Satoru, BAIK Hyunjhin, CHOI Ho Chul, GIM Hongsok, Im Gook, KIM Beom, KIM Kira, KOO Donghee, LEE Hyungkoo, LEE Yong-Baek, PARK Junebum, SO Young Choi; AKIYAMA Sayaka, FUKAYA Etzuko, KAKITANI Tomoki, KANEUJI Teppei, Manabu IKEDA, MAKOTO Aida, MORI Chihiro and SHOJI Michiko


Three Exhibitions in a Box


September 2006


editor ::  Beatrice LEANZA
design ::  Duoxiang Studio
contributors ::  Beatrice LEANZA, OU Ning, Hee-yeon PARK
publisher ::  Platform China Contemporary Art Institute | Beijing, CN

Catalogue for the first edition of Borderline – Moving Images Festival (2006). The book is divided into three main sections following the main exhibition Video in A Box:  “Anymansland” – “Straits” – “Nomansland”. Each section features images, texts and brief descriptions of the works, visualized through different layouts and paper. Like an harmonica, the book can be further opened up to A3 size, revealing additional text content, essays by the curator and a complete list of events and projects featured in the festival.


Three Exhibitions in a Box


June 2006
part of Borderline – Moving Images Festival 2006
Platform China Contemporary Art Institute | Beijing, CN




participating artists :: GUO Peng (Kunming, CN), Terry LAI (HK), Anne PENDERS (BE), Timo VAITINNEN (FI),Anssi PULKKINEN (FI), Pawel WOJTASIK (PL/USA), WU Ershan (Beijing, CN), WU Quan (Beijing, CN), HAN Zi, TANG Xiru, LU Yitong, PANG Wenlong, LIANG Wei and LI Zhenhua (Beijing, CN), Cristina Diana SERESINI (IT),  LI Hong Ting (HK), Jens R. CHRISTENSEN (DK), HUANG Jianbo (CN), SUN Xun (CN) and Jonas GEERNAERTS (BE), Jean-Sebastien LALLEMAND (FR), Elaine W. HO (HK/USA) & David GIBBS (NL/IS), Stefaan DHEEDENE (BE), Hee-Yeon PARK (KO) and OU Ning (Guangzhou, CN)

The three parts of the show are each occupying a different area of Platform China’s space, each of which presenting international video artists working with different video-based formats. The works ranged in single and multiple channeled videos, documentary and research projects as well as animation: NOMANSLAND / ANYMANSLAND / STRAITS.


Object Cast


2006




author & editor ::  Beatrice LEANZA
contributions by ::  Gianni VATTIMO and AI Weiwei
graphic design ::  LI Naihan
language ::  English with Chinese translations
ISBN ::  988-99015-0-1
published and distributed by ::  Timezone 8

A project stemming from the homonymous exhibition featuring Italian artist Andrea GOTTI and Beijing based sound-artist duo FM3 (Christiaan VIRANT and ZHANG Jian), held at B.T.A.P. (Beijing Tokyo Art Project) gallery in Beijing from January 26 – March 26, 2006.

It is structured into three main sections. Each of the sections is entrenched into a different reading speed, highlighted by the different devices used to express it (image, sound, text), as well as by shape, material and reading orientation.
The reading activity is lead through by three diverse time performances (circular, point-like and linear) as embedded in the architecture of the book itself.

The featured material consists of: photos (archival material of past journeys taken by Andrea GOTTI around China and relevant to the installation theme, a time-line of the work in progress of the featured installation, together with “pictorial” still-lives and GOTTI’s preparatory works), written files (the essays by the author blending critique and intellectual fiction; academic contribution and philosophical artistry from East and West are confronted in the pieces by philosopher Gianni VATTIMO and artist AI Weiwei) and sound files (a CD card embedded inside the book, cast in a 3 mm thick transparent acrylic sheet containing sonic architecture by FM3).

This book is an immersive reading tool that engages the eye, the ear and the mind. It is a playful and synaesthetic experience that breaks away from the common use of books as binding linear reading. It invites the reader to an interactive reinvention and deconstruction of its different parts.


Object Cast


2006




author & editor :: Beatrice LEANZA
contributions by :: Gianni VATTIMO and AI Weiwei
graphic design :: LI Naihan
language :: English with Chinese translations
ISBN :: 988-99015-0-1
published and distributed by :: Timezone 8

A project stemming from the homonymous exhibition featuring Italian artist Andrea GOTTI and Beijing based sound-artist duo FM3 (Christiaan VIRANT and ZHANG Jian), held at B.T.A.P. (Beijing Tokyo Art Project) gallery in Beijing from January 26 – March 26, 2006.

It is structured into three main sections. Each of the sections is entrenched into a different reading speed, highlighted by the different devices used to express it (image, sound, text), as well as by shape, material and reading orientation.
The reading activity is lead through by three diverse time performances (circular, point-like and linear) as embedded in the architecture of the book itself.

The featured material consists of: photos (archival material of past journeys taken by Andrea GOTTI around China and relevant to the installation theme, a time-line of the work in progress of the featured installation, together with “pictorial” still-lives and GOTTI’s preparatory works), written files (the essays by the author blending critique and intellectual fiction; academic contribution and philosophical artistry from East and West are confronted in the pieces by philosopher Gianni VATTIMO and artist AI Weiwei) and sound files (a CD card embedded inside the book, cast in a 3 mm thick transparent acrylic sheet containing sonic architecture by FM3).

This book is an immersive reading tool that engages the eye, the ear and the mind. It is a playful and synaesthetic experience that breaks away from the common use of books as binding linear reading. It invites the reader to an interactive reinvention and deconstruction of its different parts.