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Curatorial Statement


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Curatorial Statement

Jing-Jin-Ji metropol region – image: nasa.gov

Beijing22 is an open, independent, long-term curatorial project, which will investigate the dynamics of Beijing’s urban space in the five years preceding the Olympic Games in 2022. Over this timespan, Beijing22 manifests itself in exhibitions, publications, talks, conferences and other activities, thereby archiving the various perspectives of artists, curators, academics and journalists from China and abroad.

The core element of Beijing22 is an online forum for artistic and scientific positions and a publicly accessible archive accompanying urban changes in a parallel and discursive manner. The city, cultural policies, the image of Beijing and individual perspectives and testimonies are captured and curated in response to one of the greatest urban developments in recent history. The material helps us to comprehend and reflect on the changing city and contextualize it with references from a variety of disciplines such as art, architecture, city planning, sociology, philosophy, journalism, psychology etc.

In the last few years mega-sport-events have led increasingly to structural and societal transformation of entire regions. Beijing already witnessed enormous structural changes due to a mega-event before. What Beijing will try to achieve in the coming years is a scale that the world has not seen before. The urban plan includes radical structural and political changes spanning from mobility, environment, relocations, green innovations and smart city technologies. The national capital region Jing-Jin-Ji (JJJ) will be formed out of the provinces Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei and will be made up by a population of 130 million inhabitants. As part of these structural developments several goals have now already been officially stated for the next few years, such as a smog-free city-center, shared economy and sustainable energy mobile infrastructure, reduction of the population of the center district by 20% and an exponential growth in public transport routs. Beijing22 is convinced that the developments happening in the greater Beijing area will have essential impact over its city boarders and will influence city development and economies in the years to come.

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