“The time for small productions has finally come!!”
“Small Production - Great Era!!”
The enchanting environment of Hangzhou attracts and traps people in a comfort that turn into an obstacle when organizing events. With the growth of the art market, the artistic community hardly gathers and collaborates, everyone being busy working on individual project. In addition, lack of financial support and exclusive interests for ambitious projects paralyze artistic activities. Under these circumstances, Shao Yi, Zhang Liaoyuan and others decided to change this reality and opened a dialogue with artists in Hangzhou . It occurred to them that “it’s not that there are no good exhibitions in Hangzhou , but there are no exhibitions at all, no one is enthusiastic in organizing a common event, there is too much focus on the exhibition itself and not enough on the communication, etc.”.
It is then that the first project was established, it was called Small productions (August 2008) and was held in Shao Yi’s studio.
“Small productions is a big theme, from the exhibition point of view, it is incomparably crappy, but this kind of “crap” make people feel relaxed, free, everyone is very happy. A crappy personal experience, a crappy confrontation with a fizzy taste which make it different from a bad exhibition. Soon afterwards, some participants said too much content would reduce the quality of the event, but Shao Yi and I tacitly understand each other, this is the basis, what we want is that everyone communicate freely, we don’t want to curate an exhibition. Everyone shows its real mood and presents what they don’t want to show in other exhibitions, they submit it to everyone’s eyes. […]
“Don’t stop”, this is our activities’ main request, we force ourselves to produce, think, participate, communicate under pressure, maintining a creating attitude within the limits of the individual resources. There’s no good or bad, participants express their ideas in a fast and direct way, without time for doubts.
The show is going on, just wait and see! .” (Zhang Liaoyuan)
“Small Productions” is an event gathering artists from all over China to produce works with individual resources. It includes videos, drawings, installations, photographs and any other kind of media chosen by the artist. The 5th Small Productions Event will be held at the Shopping Gallery from December 23rd 2008 to February 15th 2009.