Curated Karaoke

as part of IAS 2017

Date: Sep. 8, 2017
Location: 麦乐迪 Melody KTV

KTVs are combinations of public and private spaces. It is a public place in the sense of that everyone is allowed to enter a KTV for consumption; but it is also private in a way that the space is divided into many closed rooms for various groups of people to sing and have fun only in front of those who are inthe same room. KTV suite as a type of heterotopia, a concept proposed by Michel Foucault that posits a fantasy space existing outside time. KTV places provideone of society’s few shared spaces that allow individuals to share their happiness, sorrows and dreams. KTVs also function as platforms for everyone to become the center of attention and a star even if it is maybe only for one song.

It is a space to establish and maintain social connections while being surrounded by the most extravagant interior designs and the small rooms grand the customers a private, autonomous territory, free from disturbance. Here, the individual can create his own temporary space in the cover of the dark room and with the helping distraction of a TV screen. The exterior of a KTV at night,the blaze of lights makes it nearly impossible to imagine its daytime appearance and provides no means for grasping the logic of the interior space. Presenting the image of an outer skin, KTVs are a version of a postmodern hyperspace as Frederic Jameson described them in “Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism”. Paraphrasing Jameson’s words, a KTV’s hyperspace doesn’t help us to map our position in a mappable external word, butit provides a temporary refuge.
For IAS 2017 we invited people from around the world that are also taking and creating space for art in their respective country to curate their private list of songs to be sung in a KTV parlor in Beijing.

Curated by:
Rob Knijn –Alternative Art Guide (The Hague)
Alternative Art Guide is produced by The Naked, an artist-run initiative founded to show the multiplicity of alternative or independent spaces operating in the world today. The Naked has embarked on a collective,collaborative mission through which a global view is given from different local perspectives. Working with independent spaces and curators locally, The Nakedintends to give a ‘street level’ view of contemporary art. Knowing that it is impossible to create a true image of the contemporary art world from a single vantage point, showing these dynamics creates a better understanding of the present.

Liang Hao – ON Space(Beijing)
On Space was an artistic space based in one department, located in YanJiao, it is founded by five young artists (WuShengzhi, Liang Hao,Li Tianqi,Zhang Yongji,JiangTong).'On' means 'Upon something', for the space locates upon Liang Hao's studio,also 'on' represents somehow Utopia 'Abstract' concept and ideal practice. Meanwhile,'on' is opposite to 'off', it signifies free and multivariate spirit of the studio. On space contributes paying attention to the contemporary and experimental artistic works, including video art, installation art, painting,performance art and soundscape. Independent to the commercial art marketing standard, the experimental on space focus on individual ideas of every artist,searching multiple possibilities in artistic expression field further. On space attempts to establish new artistic concept and value, which is inspired by new culture. It keeps calm to the existing art standard, and carries on self-thinking and self-growth, with critical views and principles.

Simon Kentgens - Autonomous Fabric (Rotterdam)
THE AUTONOMOUS FABRIC is initiated by the Autonomous Practices department of Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam. It researches in what ways self-organised artist and activist practices manifest themselves and how they can shape society. THE AUTONOMOUS FABRIC maps the majority of self-organised initiatives in Rotterdam.

Katy Roseland –Basement 6 (Shanghai)
basement6 collective is a not for profit community art space
located at Uptown Records, Basement6 aims to create ac ommunity of experimental artists, playwrights, dancers, sound artists,researchers, musicians, vjays, you name it. basically anyone who is willing to take action within the diverse landscape of Shanghai, during this period of rapid transformation, is welcome.

Gislind Köhler &Catherine Biocca – Chris Airline (Berlin)
Chris Airline was founded by curator Gislind Köhler and artist Catherine Biocca in 2017. Ready for take off!

Date: Sep. 8, 2017
Location: 麦乐迪 Melody KTV

卡拉OK就如一种异托邦,一个由MichelFoucault提出的安置于已存在时光之外的幻想空间的理论。而卡拉OK的包房能提供出很少能在社会上体验的一种公共氛围,在那里每个人可以分享他们的快乐,悲伤和梦境。卡拉OK同样也能作为一种平台,让每个人都有可能只在仅仅一首歌的时间内去成为大众瞩目的焦点。在肆意夸张的内部装潢中,这个空间建立和维系着一种社交联系,小小的房间是顾客们免打扰的私人自治领地。在这里,借助着黑暗的空间和醒目的显示屏,每个人都可以创造出专属于他们的临时幻境。午夜包房的表部,在灯光的照耀下,人们很难去想象白日的来临和控制理性的逻辑。如外表所呈现的那样,卡拉OK是一种Frederic Jameson所提出的“后现代化主义,或者晚期资本主义下的文化逻辑”,是一种后现代化时期的超空间。转述Jameson的话来说,卡拉OK的超空间不会让我们在可标记的外部世界找到定位,而是提供一个临时的庇护所。

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