Monday, September 8, 2008

Text in GZT

The workshop Mutating Organization/ Organizing Mutation decided that it is important to realize a presentation that binds the participants together but also leaves space for individual creativity. To advocate for the continuity of the workshop as part of future Guangzhou Triennials, these exhibits as elaboration of the idea of towers as metaphor, are a gesture to request for continuation as the urgency to share experience of this encounter without pressure of time/ space and resources.

Workshop keywords: journey, experience, tension.
Presentation keywords: past, present, future.

“组织变异”小组提倡工作坊应为未来广州三年展的常设部分。展示目的是要思考有关延续性的架构,一种能紧扣所有参与者而容许个人创造性空间的展示方式就非常重要,最后发展出来的是一个以塔为概念的隐喻,每个作品都是由此出发各自演绎,迫切地要求延续在没有时间、空间和金钱压力下分享这回艺术 邂逅的经验。


Photos from GZT

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tobias Berger talks

Podcast at Studio bbq after three and a half years at Para/Site.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Roger McDonald talks

Podcast at Studio bbq about A.I.T. & etc.

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Dialogue on Ambience and Biennales by Lee Weng Choy and Roger McDonald

It was not easy to translate; I did have a little interpretation.


“In societies where modern conditions of production prevail, all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation.” — Guy Debord

“在現代生產條件當道的社會裡,人生皆以無窮無盡的景觀呈現出來,所有過去直接經驗到的,已轉變為一種表象”。 — Guy Debord

How might one describe the job of the art critic or the curator? Someone who has a conversation with Art. Given that what we have are the texts of critics and curators, one might be mistaken that this conversation is mostly one-sided: the writer speaking to art.


Display / Exposition / Presentation / Showcase / Exhibit / Demonstration / Manifestation

陳列 博覽 呈現 表現 展品 示範

But what we forget, at our peril, is that conversation begins and ends with listening. So what is it that one hears, when one listens to Art? There is the stuff that is apparent, but there is also a lot of stuff in the background.


Atmosphere / Air / Aura / Mood / Climate / Feel / Quality / Flavor / Sense
Tone / Setting / Milieu / Environment / Conditions / Temperature / Situation

氛圍 氣氛 靈氣 心情 氣候 感覺 素質 味道 意識
調子 佈景 處境 環境 條件 温度 形勢

“The concept that previously unacceptable sounds can be used as music has disturbed the musical world.” — David Cope, New Directions In Music, 1976.

“Ambient music must be able to accommodate many levels of listening attention without enforcing one in particular.” — Brian Eno, Ambient 1: Music for Airports, 1978.

“以過去不可接受的聲音作為音樂,這概念已擾亂了音樂界。”— David Cope, New Directions In Music, 1976.

“環境音樂一定要能照顧到聆聽上不同層次的集中力,毋須勉強某一方面。”— Brian Eno, Ambient 1: Music for Airports, 1978.

“We are presenting today for the first time a creation of Messieurs Erik Satie and Darius Milhaud, directed by M. Delgrange, the ‘musique d’ameublement’ which will be played during the intermissions. We urge you to take no notice of it and to behave during the intervals as if it did not exist.” — Erik Satie

今天我們首次上演Erik Satie和Darius Mihaud先生的作品,由M. Delgrange導演。此‘musique d’ameublement’(“傢具音樂”)將於中場休息時演出,我們促請你們千祈不要理會,若無其事一般就好了。— Erik Satie

Sun is one of the eight doubled trigrams. It is the eldest daughter and symbolizes wind or wood; it has for its attribute gentleness, which nonetheless penetrates like the wind or like growing wood with its roots.” — Richard Wilhelm on I Ching


Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Towers of destinations

Just to update to those who missed the last (additional) meeting in Monday afternoon, we have come up to this idea of building towers as a conceptual/physical framework to sum up our experience/knowledge exchange in the workshops. It's a result after many mutations and subject to mutate further. Tobias and Heague will further develop it and we expect soon concrete ideas will be coming into action. Stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Posted for gimhongsok:

Dear Tobias,
I am really sorry for my announcement that I could not participate the workshop and the triennale as well.
According to my tight schedule in Korea, I can not concentrate your proposals and even not move anywhere.
I am sorry again and I deeply wish the project have a successful outcome.
Hope we will see soon.

Best regards,