Want to be part of a Song Dong artwork? Here is how

Chinese contemporary artist Song Dong’s innovate new piece makes the public a collaborator.

Asia Art Archive (AAA) in Hong Kong invites you to be a part of Beijing-based contemporary artist Song Dong’s newest project, Song Dong: 36 Calendars. On 21 January 2013, participants will alter Song’s drawings of major historical events according to their own memories.

Publicity image for 'Song Dong: 36 Calendars'.

Collective Memory

According to the AAA press release (PDF download), the project was inspired by Song’s fascination with the individual’s relationship to history.

Conceived during his residency at AAA in October 2011 and January 2012, Song spent more than a year realising this ambitious new project which involves the re-writing of the last 36 years of history from his personal perspective in the form of 36 hand-drawn, wire-bound annual household wall calendars. These calendars build on Song’s long-time investigation into socio-political history, individual experience, and art history.

For the event, 432 participants will each be given a month from these calendars, spanning from 1978 to 2013, to alter according to their own memory of the dates depicted. In this way, Song aims to add an extra layer of historical interpretation to the work. After alteration, the works will be exhibited  from 22 January to 8 February 2013 at the multi-purpose cultural venue ArtisTree, which is also where the interactive portion will take place.

How to participate

Those interested in participating in the project should email a reply slip to 36calendars@aaa.org.hk or fax it to +852 2815 0032 by 8 January 2013. The reply slips can be downloaded from the Song Dong: 36 Calendars page on the AAA website.

About Song Dong

Song Dong (b. Beijing, 1966), is a Chinese contemporary artist known for his diverse, multimedia practice that includes video, installation, performance and photography. He has participated in a number of international exhibitions, including the Liverpool Biennale in 2010, the Venice Biennale in 2011 and Documenta 13 in 2012. He was the winner of the Grand Award at the 2006 Gwangju Biennale.

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Related Topics: Chinese artists, collaborative art, interactive art, art and memory, art and history

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