In 2003, a group of emerging artists, architects, filmmakers, curators and writers met to define the contours and specific culture of a booming region – the Pear River Delta [PRD]. Coming from different parts of the territory – Guangzhou / Shenzhen / Hong Kong / Yangjiang, the group gathered in the office of NODE in Nansha, a new town located at the center of the dense urban network.
For the occasion of the 2015 Bi-city Biennale Architecture/Urbanism (Shenzhen), MAP Office presents an archive of the PRD through the various works of the MISC group as a foundation of a specific cultural landscape of the region. Early in the year 2000, the question of the rapid urbanization, the place of production, the role of young migrants, the public landscape, the regional infrastructure was central to the preoccupations of the group. Jiang Jung was about to launch the celebrated magazine Urban China, Ou Ning and Cao Fei film San Yuan Li portrayed an urban village absorbed by galloping urbanization, Hu Fang published first fictions about consumerism and theme parks and with Zhang Wei (Vitamin Creative Space) he set up a new model of art gallery in a market, Xiaodu Liu and Meng Yan (Urbanus) were designing new topologies of public arena, Doreen Liu Heng was defining planning strategies of Nansha, Zheng Guogu and the Yangjiang group were starting to use their home and the city as a dynamic laboratory to experiment with architecture and landscape, Chen Shaoxiong was playing anti-terrorist tactics with the new towers of Guangzhou and MAP Office was researching urban condition with Mapping Hong Kong, HK LAB and its extended territory of production - the PRD.
12 years later, we propose to look backwards at those early problematics and set up an archive and dialogue about this foundation period. Presenting works that most of the young generation has never seen – including photographs, publications, sculptures, models, compacted into a special installation, we will invite the public to discover the making of the cultural landscape of the PRD.
MISC - Made In South China / MISC-ellanious
1 Cao Fei (Guangzhou/Beijing)
2 Chen Shaoxiong (Guangzhou/Beijing)
3 Jiang Jun (Guangzhou)
4 Doreen Heng Liu (Nansha/Shenzhen)
5 MAP Office (Hong Kong) – Laurent Gutierrez and Valerie Portefaix
6 Ou Ning (Guangzhou/Bishan)
7 Urbanus (Shenzhen) - Meng Yan, Liu Xiaodu, and Wang Hui
8 Vitamin (Guangzhou) - Hu Fang, Zhang Wei
9 Zheng Guogu (Yangjiang)