Organs Underground

30 October – 13 December 2020

GUĪ, M WOODS Art Community




We are proud to announce that M WOODS will collaborate with PLATESPACE to present the group exhibition Organs Underground. Co-launched by M WOODS and PLATESPACE, the exhibition features work by 8 young Chinese artists and an artist group. Marked as the first collaboration of M WOODS with an alternative art space, this project aims to support local young artists, to explore new possibilities of curatorial practice and to instill the vitality of contemporary art into the historical center of Beijing.



杨圆圆, From now on, the cyberspace will be clean and ecological,2020


As an alternative art program, PLATESPACE remains independent from galleries, museums and other art organizations as well as the art market, providing opportunities for pioneering and experimental artists to practice and exhibit art. This type of art spaces compensate for the limitations of mainstream exhibitions and balance the over-commercialization and marketization of the contemporary art eco-system. PLATESPACE is more of a platform than a space, which connects individual art creators to form a social network, facilitating interaction and communication among one another. The city’s gentrification process has forced many nonprofit art programs to search for new ways of existence, as a result of which PLATESPACE has employed a nomadic mode of operation. Not tied to a fixed space, it flexibly and creatively utilizes available spaces in the city center, such as apartments, shared offices, cafes in the hutongs, bookshops, bars and other unconventional exhibition venues, which breaks the “White Cube” aesthetic by positioning the exhibition into a more specific spatial context. GUĪ, the exhibition venue for this project, is an electronic music club located underneath the M WOODS Hutong museum. It represents a brave attempt of M WOODS Art Community to venture into new territories, extending the experience of art into the night so that visitors can learn about a different dimension of contemporary culture. The spontaneity and experimentality embedded in the concept of “night” and “underground” not only correspond to the characteristics of alternative space, but also imbue the project with more profound meanings.



刘雨佳, Life wasn’t meant to be easy,This is making things hard,2017




Organs Underground challenges the “text-centered” curatorial model and experiments with new ways of curating. Under the conventional model, artists are mere providers of artworks that are usually classified into certain categories such as mediums and themes and that serve as formal representation of the curatorial text. In this project, however, there is no so called “curator”, while the artists jointly participate in the curating process. Coordinated by the co-launchers, they communicate with one another to decide on the works to be exhibited, the way of exhibiting as well as the floor plan. During this decentralized and organic process, artists break away from predetermined curatorial ideas and gain inspirations of the exhibition as well as their own practice. At the same time, exhibited works are no longer shoehorned into the curatorial frame, the richness, complexity and even uncertainty of which can be fully revealed and presented to the viewer.


词穷公园,修普诺斯(Hypnos),2020

However, this project isn’t meant to invalidate the importance of exhibition text, but instead adopts a reverse working process – making the writing of it the last step of the entire process, so that the exhibition structure can be more flexible and dynamic. If artists are the basic modules comprising an exhibition, then this project can be seen as the result of the permutation and combination of several artist modules, in which text serves to record, analyze, summarize and extend this result. For this project, we invite independent curator Wang Tianmo to take on the role of “project observer” and to contribute a piece of writing that interprets the exhibition from a third perspective. Through self-inquiry, she guides the viewer to reflect on the project itself as well as the works on view.

Leelee Chan 

Orange Moon #2, 2019

galvanised steel vent well, spray paint, window glass, clip-on LED light 

66 x 31 x 22 cm

木木美术馆798馆 
M WOODS 798


北京市朝阳区
酒仙桥路2号798艺术区,D-06

798 Art Zone D-06,
No.2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing

开放时间 Opening hours:
周二-周日 Tue-Sun 11:00-19:00
最后入场Last admission 18:00
每周一闭馆 Closed on Mon(法定假日除外 Holiday excepted)
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木木艺术社区
M WOODS HUTONG


北京市东城区
隆福寺街95号,钱粮胡同38号,3号楼

Qianliang Hutong 38, Building 3,
Longfusi St 95, Dongcheng, Beijing

开放时间 Opening hours:
周二-周日 Tue-Sun 10:00-19:00
最后入场 Last admission 18:00 每周一闭馆 Closed on Mon%Arabica 照常营业 opens as usual

木木舌头 M TONGUE


北京市朝阳区
酒仙桥路2号798艺术区,D-06

木木美术馆后门处
798 Art Zone D-06,
No.2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing
(Behing M WOODS 798 Location)


敬请期待 Opening soon

Guī


北京市东城区
隆福寺街95号,钱粮胡同38号,3号楼

木木艺术社区地下一层
Qianliang Hutong 38, Building 3,
Longfusi St 95, Dongcheng, Beijing

(Underneath M WOODS Hutong)

开放时间即将公布 Regular opening time announcing soon


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