“滤镜--FILTER THE PUBLIC”是纪念SWFC成立五周年的大型艺术项目。
"FILTER THE PUBLIC" is a large-scale art project to commemorate the SWFC 5th Anniversary.
As one of the most iconic landmarks in Shanghai, the prominence of SWFC does not only dwell within its horizontal space but yet include its unique design and height of 492 meters. The area of the exhibition will not only cover the public space, both indoor and outdoor, but also include SWFC tower itself as an art museum within its beauty of being an art piece.
Through art, people can realize more about things around themselves. Public art is a friendly approach which allows the space to have conversation with people.
Artists on behalf of Shanghai, leading curators, galleries will create their art shows under the same inspiration of Shanghai and Lujiazui area. To celebrate our anniversary, please welcome the new challenge of possibilities and the role of art in public space. SWFC is opening up the new dimension of art.
MABSOCIETY is pleased to be invited as Spot Curator for this event showcasing edgy works by artists from Shanghai, Beijing and New York.
This wallpaper is composed of official receipts (fapiao) from Polit-Sheer-Form-Office’s group outings since the group's founding in 2005. The fapiao has profound significance for companies, individuals, and art collectives alike in the bureaucracy of civil-society. The wallpaper becomes both a tax record of this art collective’s spending over the past few years as well as a way to trace their personal history. Situated in the halls of the SWFC the fapiao wallpaper acts as a haunting echo of all the financial activity occurring on the floors above.
Polit-Sheer-Form Office (PSFO) is an art group founded by Hong Hao, Xiao Yu, Song Dong, Liu Jianhua and Leng Lin in 2005 with the aim of re-imagining a space for socialism in today’s consumer orientated society. Their work has been shown internationally at the UCCA, Beijing; Art Space, Sydney; and will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art, New York in 2014.
Marc Lafia with MABSOCIETY
Art as Invention 3 (Public Relations)
3 Blackboards, colored chalk, 2 x 5 m each
These colorful blackboards solicit audience feedback, creativity, and self-expression within a public context. It is a handmade, micro manifestation of the social media networks that have pervaded our lives. Listed on the boards are surveys, which ask audience members to list their favorite books, films, vacation spots, as well as intimate desires and fantasies. Some of these questions are tailored to the visitors and workers who will pass by here daily. These questions are merely a conduit to encourage visitors to release the tension of their workday, as well as a way to express and publish themselves within the public domain. Art as Invention 3 (Public Relations) is an active metaphor of the social relations within our technocratic, globalized society.
Marc Lafia is a NYC based artist and filmmaker whose works have been exhibited by the Tate Modern, Whitney Museum, Walker Art Center, Pompidou Center, etc.
Hang in there (not as a mode of proximity but a conjunction)
200 x 60 cm
MaDaha’s Hang in there is a humorous take on the struggle for success in our over-competitive world. It depicts a young man hanging from a building ledge in the form of a neon light. While it is unclear whether the man is playing or about to fall to his death, the neon diverts the urgency of the matter with an overt device of commercialism. It is a maxim for the modern age where the overworked or over study-ed people often take their own lives. Ma Daha preaches “Hang in there one day you’ll make it!”
Ma Daha (Chinese slang for scatterbrain) is a collective of young filmmakers, and musicians based in Changsha led by the artist couple Ma Dexin and Ma Hou (they look uncannily similar to the Hollywood movie stars Brad and Angelina). The inspiration for their diverse practice stems from the reality of the member’s mundane day jobs as well as their disillusionment with globalization, especially socialism with Chinese characteristics. Ma Daha has been exhibiting their installation, video, and site-specific intervention work internationally since 2006.
三块黑板，每块2 x 5米，彩色粉笔
200 x 60 厘米