BEHIND THE WALLS
ART INSTALLATIONS IN PRIVATE HOMES IN SHAYOUKOU VILLAGE BEIJING CHINA
Investigating Chinese spaces
ANJA MARGRETHE BACHE
SHANGYUAN ART MUSEUM OCTOBER 2015
SEUNGJAE LEE AS COLLABORATIVE PHOTOGRAPHER
MA XIN AS THE ONE MAKING CONTACTS TO THE FAMILIES
I normally create art installations for sites i know before installing it. In
Shayokou the homes were hidden behind tall walls and the entrance port closed.
I was therefor happy to be invited into the life behind the walls.
All spoke Chinese and i did not meet them before, the cleaning lady at the museum came with her
motorcycle to the museum, we loaded it with my artwork, and then we drove to the first family which
I had never met and whose home I had never seen.
Installing in the first home, curious nabours entered and invited for their homes also.
That was how I ended up installing in 5 homes.
I was grateful and happy to be invited in for the first time. I did instant installations in their
private homes and then Seungjae Lee and took photos while Ma Xin spoke with the families.
URBAN SPACE – THE GATE
SEMI PRIVATE SPACE – THE COURTYARD –
THE PRIVATE SPACE – THE LIVING ROOM
THE ORIENTATION WAS GIVEN BY SUN AND TYPICAL WINDS.
THE HEATING SYSTEM WAS AN OUTSIDE OWEN
HEATED WITH WOOD FOUND AND COAL AND PIPES LET THE HEATING TO THE KANGS
THE BEDS FOR UP HEATING THE UN-ISOLATED HOUSES.