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Walls and WalnutsMar 10, 2020 An ongoing project in a collaboration with artists Zhangbolong Liu and Jialin Yang Exhibition: A Truck Is Parked in the Grass Near a Tree in DoubtJan 17, 2020 Exhibition of seven international projects concerning Beijing’s urban space and the effect and strategies of its changes. Talk No. 5: Seeing the OlympicsDec 7, 2019 Visual Communication and Image-Making. Talk No. 4: Green BeltNov 2, 2019 A common problem that cities all around the world are sharing is the growing urban pollution problem. A Thousand-Year StageAugust 2019 A Thousand-Year Stage (2019) is an experimental non-fiction film that features local residents of Xiongan New Area, Chinaʼs most recently planned megacity, awaiting its transformation. By Daphne Xu. Responding 回应July 2019 A group exhibition with Liu Shiyuan, Xiaofei Mo, Linyao Kiki Liu, Amy Suo Wu, Zhuxin Wang, Maj Horn, Scott William Raby, and The Social Sensibility Research & Development Department 合作工作站 Cooperation Lab:
ColorJune 2019 One-month residency in Baitasi, Beijing, “Color” is about seizing a special power as readers “read” a “text” of the given community than merely to establish a metaphorical connection to the site.
Research-Grants 2019April 2019 we are happy to have four artists/groups receiving our research grants for 2019 Talk No. 3: Ten Years AfterDec 14, 2018 In what way does the Beijing pre and post-Olympics Beijing differ? How are events like the Olympics utilized for a Chinese urbanization model? In This Moment 在这片刻Dec 7, 2018 a new body of photo works by Canadian artist John Monteith Residence: Jannis SchulzeAutumn 2018 Jannis Schulze is a photograper, born in 1987 in East Berlin and based in Berlin What do you see when you look out the window?Aug 27, 2018 an interactive photo book, published along with the exhibition »A Day in the Outer Ring 《环外游》« Residence: John MonteithAutumn 2018 with a focus on the reconstruction of the city, the topography and the "blank space" that preserve the traces of the city's history, John Monteith will be our resident in autumn 2018 Casting Haze, BaseAug 16, 2018 lecture performance and installation by Katrin Hornek Residence: Katrin HornekSummer 2018 Katrin Hornek’s work playfully engages with the strange paradoxes and convergences of living in the age of the Anthropocene. Uncut Talks: Alternative Spaces Under Pressure 2018 UNCUT TALKS will provide an un-edited, raw archive of opinions and ideas A Day in the Outer RingAug 11, 2018 collages in physical space - Sponge Gourd Collective Scenic tunnelJuly 21, 2018 translating the imaginaries of urban mapping into human forms - exhibition by Leng Yue and Xiao Xiao Staying away from the grass is humaneJul 6, 2018 A Collage of Intermediate Results by Johanna K. Becker Residence: Johanna K BeckerSummer 2018 Johanna K Becker focuses on finding “archaic” images of landscape and ideas of paradise which she sees as traditional manifestations, simulations and simulacra of landscape and nature and which she artistically recreates in a distinctively artificial manner. B-Side Festival EditionJun 20, 2018 Cultural Agents of Change - Urban Production and the Educational Turn Talk No. 2: Science FictionJun 9, 2018 Stories, dreams and myths create connections between people and places, they make space tangible and can arouse the desire to settle them. In the construction process of cities, ideas and thought experiments are just as essential a part as steel and concrete are. Research-Grants 2018April 2018 we are happy to have four artists/groups receiving our research grants for 2018 Residence: Rachele MaistrelloSpring 2018 »My works are encounters« Talk No. 1: PeripheriesJan 20, 2018 discussions on cities mostly focus on city cores and centers, while their peripheries only draw little attention 北京土行孙 Part 1/ Teleport Beijing Part 1Dec 18, 2017 exhibition by Leng Yue and Xiaoxiao Residence: Ute AdamczewskiAutum 2017 Ute Adamczewski is a video artist and filmmaker from Germany. Fantastic GroundsApril 17, 2017 architectural renderings form the cornerstone of public communication in contemporary architecture – an exhibition at I: project space by Jiu Jiu



Beijing22 is an open, independent, curatorial long-term project, which will investigate the urban processes of Beijing in the five years towards the Olympic Games in 2022. This time span will be accompanied by Beijing22 in the form of exhibitions, publications, talks, conferences and other activities, thereby collecting different positions and perspectives of artists, curators, academics and journalists from China and abroad in order to initiate a cultural exchange and discourse on the topic.

Changing A City

In the last few years mega-sport-events have led increasingly to structural and societal transformation of entire regions. Similarly, in Beijing it will again come to major urban developments over the seven years. A 200 km long highspeed-railway from one tournament location to another will be built from scratch and will connect each with a speed of 350 km/h. Not to mention the world’s biggest airport and new highways that are being build right now. The goal of Beijing22 is to observe structural changes in the city of Beijing over a long-term period and to initiate a cultural exchange and discourse. Therefore, the development and maintenance of the platform is the first and most important step of the project. In the first year, experts will be specifically contacted in order to get them involved in contributing texts, thoughts and materials for the platform.

The aim of this is for the following years to find institutional partners, who may share their research and to invite artists and writers to send in projects and observations about the urban development of Beijing, as well as to find articles, essays and other such texts to fill and grow the database with. In 2017 there will also be two “impulse events“ be held. These events will present the project to a broader audience as well as initiate a conversation on “City and Utopias“, which is also the overall theme of the first project phase. This will consist of two events held in Beijing, which are momentarily planned to be hosted at the Goethe Institut Beijing. Further there has to be the planning started on exhibitions held in Berlin and Beijing for 2018.


Beijing already witnessed enormous structural changes due to a mega-event before. Since then, the Summer Olympic games in 2008 Beijing ́s population has grown by 25%. During the following years, Beijing will also go through radical structural and political changes: The national capital region Jing-Jin-Ji (JJJ) will be formed out of the provinces Bei jing, Tianjin and Hebei. The city itself will be redefined and Beijing will turn into a mega-city of 130 million citizens. As part of these structural developments several goals have been already composed for the next few years, such as a smog-free city-center, gas-free car-industry and the reform of the hukou-system ( ).

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


In the light of these changes many questions appear: how will the city-structure and Beijing itself change working towards the Winter Olympics? How will these utopian projects be put into reality? How do the people and citizens of Beijing react? What processes will get started? What consequences will appear? How do and can artists and people in the art-world react to it? Will these transformations be visible? Or will they have to be made visible?