Bare Screen × The Cloister Project:Meditation Chambers with Furniture in Motion

2021.09.29 Wednesday

Location

THE SHOUTER, Fuxingxilu, No.62, 2 Floor, Shanghai

Date: September 29 - October 31, 2021

There exist two different methods for contemplating time and space: by way of meditation or through screens. Meditation incites one’s inhalation and exhalation, traverses the body, and reconnects its inside and outside. Screens are akin to the facades of buildings – both shape the urban dwellers’ sights by cutting through light and shadow, like furniture in motion. As an experimental medium, digital screens have embodied attempts to intervene in public consciousness and collective memory and to bring social and political change. While giving concrete form to the beholders’ fantasies and identities, screen culture has increased our feelings of restlessness and time-based anxiety, fragmenting our attention spans. For this reason, we need to acquire the art of meditation more urgently than ever before. Television networks once expanded in parallel to the rise of hippie culture; in similar fashion, our contemporary era prizes the contradictory values of technological efficiency and meditation at once. By recognizing the synchronous progression and twinned nature of screens and meditation, we can understand the impact of technology’s ceaselessness on the psyche.

From September 29 to October 31, 2021, Macalline Art Center’s program of commissions Bare Screen will create a temporary meditation chamber at The Cloister Project, located on the second floor of the century-old building Cloisters Apartments, 62 Fuxing West Road, Shanghai. The screens scattered across several rooms will present commissioned works by artists Tao Hui, Qinmin Liu, Zheng Ke and Tan Jing, Wenxin Zhang, Tang Chao, Hu Wei, and Payne Zhu. Esteemed guests, please come to meditate with us in this chamber of furniture in motion.

Special thanks to THE SHOUTER for supporting this exhibition.

 

About the Cloister Project

Located on the second floor of the Cloister Apartments in Shanghai, this century-old Spanish-style house was designed and built in 1930 by Shanghai's most reputed architectural firm Palmer & Turner Group (P&T), who has designed the HSBC Bank Building, the Customs House and the Sassoon Building on the Bund.

Between 1930-1936, Mr. and Mrs. Fritz hosted salons at the Cloisters Apartment where they used to live. Coming from the United States, Mrs. Fritz was a well-known cultural figure of the twentieth century; Every week, she would invite Chinese and foreign celebrities, including Song Meiling, Zhang Xueliang, Mei Lanfang, Shao Xunmei, Lin Yutang, and British, French and American envoys, as her guests at the apartment. It naturally became a famous salon in the Shanghai expatriate community at that time, and Mrs. Fritz was given the name "Madame de Salon".

Following the tradition of the Salon, we have launched The Cloister Project which develops the idea of relations between “hosts and guests”. Through inviting artists, curators, scholars, and cultural institutions as guest of the Salon, we have hosted a series of contemporary art exhibitions, discussions, and events that presents cultural vitality and rigors of our time.

About THE SHOUTER

A high-end design furniture buyer, THE SHOUTER brings together art and design products that has set the trends in the Chinese market. We advocate the concept of ‘design is fun’, aiming to serve customers who pursue unique aesthetics and fun experience for their homes. THE SHOUTER is dedicated to presenting cutting-edge international design furniture, independent co-branded design and sought-after products of limited-edition.

 

Macalline Art Center is a practice-oriented site focused on contemporary visual inventions. The Center engages with artists and art groups by building physical and online communities through events and research. The Center is guided by the working processes of artists, constantly re-defining and testing itself and renewing perceptual and cognitive systems in contemporary situations and contexts.