Friday, 23 October 2009

The Invisible Generation in Beijing and Shenzhen: program and artists

The Invisible Generation in Beijing and Shenzhen

The Invisible Generation is a collection of artistic interventions that spread virally across the continents of our globe. It uses the artistic and curatorial network of Vision Forum as a platform to multiply and make its way into the perception of people in public spaces of selected cities around the world. The project takes its starting point in performative traditions, but focuses on practices and events that cross over into other time-based activities as sound, film, video, literature, theatre, workshops and draws inspiration from other genres such as journalism, fashion, design and further afield from mathematics and physics.

The Invisible Generation started spreading from a base at the VCA Gallery in Melbourne in September 2009 and now the virus has arrived in Beijing and Shenzhen. Here it can be found in sonic material slipped into the desk drawers of a newspaper office (Yan Jun); carnivalesque costumes appearing in public space as temporary and wearable architectures (Natasha Rosling); a collection of lost images retold by storytellers in their everyday life (Good TV); a giant white pillow carried through the streets the Chinese capital to mirror its grandiose buildings (Yang Zhifei); re-enacted déjà vus intruding into the daily routine of subway passengers (Per Hüttner); unannounced public choreography of corruption and guilt (Dinu Li), portable zebra crossings to facilitate jaywalking (Neno Belchev) and temporary appropriation of institutions' unused spaces (Josefin Wikström and Sarah Kim). Together the interventions of The Invisible Generation in China form a multifaceted virus that infects temporality and colonizes social spaces to revitalize the very fabric of reality.

The Invisible Generation spread from OCAT ( in Shenzhen October 23-25 and will linger in various locations in Beijing throughout winter and until spring 2010.

Natasha Rosling – Performative Sculptures (Shenzhen and Beijing 23 Oct – 15 Nov) - url:
Jon Phillips and Matt Hope –  Xiaoban speakers workshops and interventions (23-25/10 Shenzhen) - url:
Neno Belchev – Tricycle and Suitcase Performances; Zebra crossing performance. (23, 24/10 Shenzhen).
Yang Zhifei – Dream workshop and exhibition (23-25/10 Shenzhen); The Pillow Performance (20-25/10 Beijing and Shenzhen) - url:
Anne Klontz – 11:11 Archive Experiment (Shenzhen and Beijing) - url:
Per Hüttner – Deja-vu performances (23, 24/10 Shenzhen) - url:
Dinu Li – You Are the Corrupted One, performance (24/10 Shenzhen) 
Hu Xiangqian –  The Movement is the Music (24/10 Shenzhen)
Josefin Wikström and Sarah Kim – Deep Inside (ongoing Shenzhen and Beijing)
Good TV – This Image Is No More (Beijing) - url:
Yan Jun – News for Tomorrow, Birdcage episode 3 (Beijing) url:
TIG Archive of Instructions (Beijing) - url:
Yan Jun – The Feedback Audio Project (Beijing) 

The Invisble Generation is curated by Per Hüttner and Daniele Balit

For information, press images and material, Shenzhen contact Wang Jing:
wj_j.2008 (at)
or tel: +86-755-26917199, fax: +86-755-26915102
For general information, press images and material contact :
email: vfprog (at) or tel: +8613681145477

Other upcoming TIG events:
The spread of TIG, includes a lecture series, performances and workshops in Kiev October 30 – November 5 and includes artists, curators, actors from Ukraine, Sweden, Germany, Russia and the UK viralizing together.

Supporting institutions: Linköpings universitet, OCT Real Estate Company, French Embassy in Australia, French Embassy in Kiev, The Embassy of Sweden in Peking, The Embassy of Sweden in Kiev, the Swedish Institute in Stockholm, The Consulate of Sweden in Guangzhou, Längmanska Kulturfonden in Stockholm and Linköpings Univesitet in Norrköping. A special thank you to FRAC Île-de-France.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Warming up in Kiev

The Invisible Generation will soon re-appear in new guises in Shenzhen and Kiev and it is still bubbling in Beijing. To warm up in Ukraine, Vision Forum and PAI organize a series of talks in Kiev in the end of October and beginning of November.

Below you find a schedule of the activities.

Yulia Usova, curator (Kiev/Stockholm)
«Contemporary Forms of Cooperation Between Art and Business»
(Oct 29 at 18-00,
Fund for Promotion of Arts Development, Frolovska Str.1/6, tel. 238-65-21)

«Industry of Art Biennials»*
(Nov 31 at 11-30,
HudGraf Gallery, T. Shevchenko Ave. 33 (2-d floor), tel. 8-050-4416174)

Olesya Turkina, critic/curator (St.Petersburg)
«Curatorial Practice in Contemporary Russian art»
(Nov 1 at 14-00,
Ukrainian House, Khreschatik Str. 2, tel. 278-59-50)

Paula von Seth, artist (Stockholm)
«Shadow Worlds of Translation and the Performativity of Apology»*
(Nov 2 at 18-00,
Les’ Kurbas Centre, Volodimirska Str. 23-В, tel. 279-12-89)

Karen McDonald, curator (London)
«Shaping the Shapers»*
(Nov 3 at 18-00
Fund for Promotion of Arts Development, Frolovska Str.1/6, tel. 238-65-21)

Olav Westphalen, artist (Prof. Kungl. Konsthögskolan Stockholm)
«Artist’s Talk»*
(Nov 5 at 18-00
Collection Gallery, Pankivska Str. 8, тел. 287-37-67)

«Power/Art/Humor in the Work of Olav Westphalen»*
(Nov 6 at 18-00
Les’ Kurbas Centre, Volodimirska Str. 23-В, tel. 279-12-89)

Per Hüttner, artist (Stockholm/Paris)
«The Invisible Generation - an International Denouncement of Reality»*
(Nov 7 at 13-00
Les’ Kurbas Centre, Volodimirska Str. 23-В, tel. 279-12-89)

Special events of the project:
in Les’ Kurbas Centre:

• «Life Forms»* - workshop by Paula von Seth (Nov 4 at 15-00)
• «New works and ideas in an unstructured format» - a performance by the students of Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm (Nov 7 at 15-00)

in HudGraf Gallery:

• Video-screening by the students of Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm (Nov 7 at 20-00)

* Presentation is held in English
** Event in conjunction with the conference «Contemporary Theatre Director: the Metamorphosis of Profession» organized by Les’ Kurbas State Centre for Theatre Arts.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Vision Forum member wins Guldsvanen film prize

We congratulate Yang Tingting to winning the prestigious film prize Guldsvanen with her film "Jump".

You can see the film:


and read more about the prize on

We wish Tingting and her team all the best of luck with shooting her first documentary in China in October.