After Sunset | 在日落后发生
VENUE : Galerie Liusa Wang, Paris
DURATION：6th October to 17th November，2018
2017年4⽉，“在⽇落后发生...” 第⼀次在上海当代美术馆MOCA亭台亮灯之后，Xn OFFICE 收到邀请，在巴黎Galerie Liusa Wang再次策划 “在日落后发⽣生...”。 Galerie Liusa Wang位于圣日耳曼⼤道上，行⼈、⻋辆熙熙攘攘。
10⽉月正值巴黎白夜活动周，在⽇光渐少⿊夜渐⻓的交替季节，巴黎将组织⼀系列开至深夜的展览、⾳乐会、艺术表演，欢迎⼈们探索夜里的艺术巴黎。“在日落后发生...”也将被选为⽩夜活动的“必看项⽬” 之⼀。 展览将延续第⼀次”在⽇落后发生...”的原则，仅在⽇落时刻开灯，直到早晨关灯;展览不提供作品阐释、不贴展签;观看者不可进⼊展厅。
This is the second time we are organising the unique art project “After Sunset”. The first one opened on 25th April, 2017, at MoCA Pavilion Shanghai, a non-for-profit, 35 sqm, alternative art space locates at the city centre of Shanghai. The space, with large glass windows, was standing on a bustling street full of tourists, local residents and office workers all day long. Having seen how ordinary art exhibitions failed to receive attentions in such place, we decided to transform the whole room into one large, vibrant and intense light installation.
More than 30 artists took part in the show, with illumination works in different types of materials. The exhibition was on from 6pm till 6 in the morning. Door remained closed in the duration. Varied colours, colour tones, degrees of brightnesses filled up the space, attracted people to stopped by, curiously looking into the exhibition and making their own discovering. It was an event of the city, a little “spectacle”, allowed unexpected and unconventional things taking place.
This time we will present the project with the same concept and title, but different artworks in Galerie Liusa Wang, on the Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris. The exhibition will open from 6th October to 17th November, therefore it will become part of the Nuit Blanche Paris of this year.
This project will follow the same rule as last time: 1. Exhibition is on from sunset till sunrise, just the opposite of the opening hours of art institutions. 2. Door remains close, audiences are allowed to watch from outside. 3. No name tag, no label, no curatorial text on the wall, no interpretation text provided.
We cordially invite you to participate into the project, with illumination works, with any materials (but nothing dangerous please), in any forms: painting with lights, neon works, installations with light and etc. Please take the space and electricity limitation into consideration (see floor plan below), and please make sure the work is designed for long-hour display. We place no judgement on your work, all kinds of works are welcomed.
Link : After Sunset I
CURATORIAL CONCEPT | 策展理念
Exhibiting light art often means unifying illumination technology with the architectural space, exploring the boundary of tangible and intangible. We always find Dan Flavin or James Turrell’s works rendered the whole exhibition room into their room with impressive light. Audiences walk into the museum, knowing what they are looking at is art - even if it’s just light- they expected to be entertained or enlightened.
What if the artistic and conceptual context of the light works is erased? What would it look like if all light works are gathered in one space, interfering and interacting with each other?
The various illumination materials, colour tones and brightnesses might overshadow or light up each other. But in such condition, they are turning into one complete, vibrant light installation. This “multi-contributors” installation crosses beyond the normal understanding of exhibition.
The light will be turned on from sunset, open until sunrise. During daytime, it will look like a warehouse — objects, devices and wires all cluttered up in the room. Conversely, it will turn into a wonder place at night, shinning on the street side.
The reversed opening hour means the exhibition will have the chance to encounter unexpected audience group. Art lovers might come to visit as soon as the light is on, tourists might pass by without fully knowing what this is, people sitting in cars waiting for green lights will take a glance of it, noticing something unusual is out there; maybe, late at night (or early in the morning) drunkards will sit in the light, enjoy a bottle of beer with the view. It could be a popular place for selfies, can also be an easy-to-find meeting point. Shaking off all kinds of labels such as “art”, “artwork made for art space”,“public art”, the exhibition is an undefinable event open to all possibilities.
Visitors are not allowed to enter the space. People can acquire the panorama of the whole show simply through glass window. No labels will be attached to the works, no interpretation or text will be given. The exhibition requires visitors to enjoy it in their own ways.