"A female dongba shooting ghosts with her magic hat"
-by Kiran (age 5)
"A female dongba shooting ghosts with her magic hat"
-by Kiran (age 5)
12 years ago, Jay Brown became a guest of the He family in Jixiang Village, Lashihai, near Lijiang. He turned it into a freestyle open art space. Many artists have been there. And that is the story of Lijiang Studio.
The neighbors, Er Ge and his family, and the friendly villagers nearby made the Jixiang village like a big family, embracing everyone who visits.
Later, an urban puppy named Dudu come to the neighbor Er Ge’s house. Dudu became the top dog and a big beautiful mother in the village. And she always accompanied the artists investigating, discussing, and working. She witnessed the road laid, the dam piled up, and the peach paradise implanted.
“DUDU” is the sound of a time-train 12 years long.
Like the migratory birds of Lashihai, those villagers who once left, then returned to the village again, those artists who once came, then returned to Lijiang Studio again.
Here are things people can’t forget.
With beginning from “DUDU”, let’s start “an encore party” of Jixiang Village.
From June 2017, many previous resident artists return to Lijiang Studio of Jixiang Village, and continue their research with new and different passion. The group’s re-encounters contain surprises. We sincerely invite you to celebrate with us by making make one expression, freely, nothing is forbidden.
Continuously Show and Transmit:
The works generated will be printed and distributed on A4 paper, as a broadsheet or flyer from a print shop in Lijiang. We also have our eye on the local Tuesday market at Fengle village as a venue, and shops or publics spaces where we think it is possible to have interactive situation. Ideas are welcome.
作品递交与联系：email@example.com, +86 18686503889
Deadline：June 30 2017
Mainly Continuously Activities Venues. (to be determined): City print shop, Tuesday village market, Village stores, Lijiang Studio
The documentation of this project will be edited, mostly by Lisa, into a book with “what returning artists did and did not do (or something like that)” and “out of Lijiang (or something like that).”
Thanks for your participation and contribution!
The series of paintings on display at Lijiang Studio are indicative of the people, objects, landforms and conversation that I encountered during my time in Jixiang Village and other parts of Yunnan. Many of the works are abstracted and process-based. I attempted to collage the essence of my experiences by implementing color theory, mark making, oil paints and waxes. The original forms created with paints were reconfigured when the waxes were heated: spreading, peeling or bubbling the oil pigment to create entirely new forms. Each composition has undergone a succession of this layering process through to the painting’s compostition. This exhibition, with the exception of the more figurative portraits of Grandmother and the black dog, is an abstracted compilation of the facets of Yunnan Province that I have experienced thus far.
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2016年7月9日 周六 下午二时
3. 基于时间的行为 －集体场域
特别鸣谢: 丽江工作室、正杰、和丽斌、和恒光 (二哥)、和雪梅、和仕元、和淑芬、和吉宇
联络电话：158 1064 8987（南茜）
Only Time Casts Shadows
Performance Art Encounter
Dates: 9 -10 July 2016
Place: Lijiang Studio – Jixiang Village - Lashihai – Lijiang, Yunnan, China
Organizers: Lijiang Studio and artists in residency - Rokko Juhász & Nanxi Liu
As the ending of our 2-month residency program in Lijiang Studio, we are looking forward an open encountering. Trying to focus on different modalities of the Time, we invite everybody to bring any object related to time and join us at Lijiang Studio. We offer three choices, while your contribution for any other possibilities is warmly welcomed:
1. Tell a story about the object in your own way
2. Do or let us do performance with your object
3. Let us preserve your object in Time Capsule
9th of July 2016 – Saturday2pm
1. Objects related to time
2. Exhibition opening
3. Time based performances – Group Situation
4. Music performances
10th of July 2016 - Sunday
1. Time Capsule Ceremony
2. Outdoor performances
3. Artist talks and presentations
Mu Xin Rong
Mu Yun Bai
Paper Group (Wang Bei, Sha Yurong, Yang Hui, Huang Yuejun)
Jixiang Village Orchestra
Special thanks to: Lijiang Studio, Jay Brown, He Libin, He Hengguang (Er Ge), He Xuemei, He Shiyuan, He Shufen, He Jiyu
Contact No.: +86 158 1064 8987 (Nanxi)
This upcoming Friday @ The Holy Underground (Baltimore, MD) /// featuring recent works and performances by Frog Wing and Louise Ma /// July 1st, 2016 /// 7-9pm
Samantha and Viccy's RECOLLECTIONS e-book is now in print, and it looks great! They did a fantastic job. Join us in at the Puerh Brooklyn Teashop to celebrate, this Sunday, June 5th (2-6pm). Brief Q&A at 3pm.
Fine Fine Small Mountain (Miranda Hill and Naima Fine) have this show coming up in Australia (Brisbane) on May 7th! Featuring musical pieces that were composed here in Lashihai last year- including collaborative visual works by MuYunbai and Frog Wing. Performances at 7 and 9pm. If you can't attend- tell your friends who live in Australia!
Reverse Garbage Queensland: 20 Burke St, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Australia 4102
May 7th (Saturday): 7pm, 9pm:
Facebook event page: link here
We're halfway through Spring 2016 session.
Jiacheng Chen (Nanjing, China) was here for the month of March, gathering info + digital footage on Dongba culture as preparation for a short film. Annie Rollins (USA) and Yung Chang (Canada) departed only a few days ago, after two weeks of script-writing and shadow-puppetry experiments.
Right now we have: Max and Mara (USA/ Germany) analyzing I-Ching, building radios + antennas, and making "The Book of Static" over in the New House; Juniper and Matt (USA) collaborating on a virtual-reality gallery/ headset viewing-experience; Hiromi Ueyoshi (USA) painting a zodiac mural; Musical duo Jim L. & Jim "Leo" W. (Taiwan) arrived on Tuesday and have begun surveying general "jammability" of all musical instruments that can be found in nearby vicinity of studio. Frog Wing's Dongba studies continue: coloring The Road to Heaven (II), Lady Dongba Crown, 13 Goddess Cards, and drawing various Tibetan/ Dongba deities.
This is the Human Body Energy Clock (a.k.a. Meridian Clock, Horary Clock): a diagram charting optimal functioning times for different parts of the human body. I found this particular image on this internet somewhere- I can't remember where (original source: comfytummy.com?)- but anyways, you can find lots of different versions of this chart through Google. Dongba medicine applies these TCM philosophies too. Lately, at the studio, we have been taking these theories into consideration as we go about our day-to-day tasks. If you have any thoughts, share with us in comments section!
Yasuhiro Morinaga continues to develop material from Lijiang, invited to show a video of the making of the recording of He Xiudong released last year:
今回展示されている中国雲南での調査を経て制作された映像作品「Forgotten Kingdom – Dongba Shaman in Lijiang」は、森永が現地に約5ヶ月間滞在し、地元の方々の信頼を得てはじめて撮影し得た貴重な映像です。
Artists have always cut freely across different areas and disciplines to give us fresh surprises and joy.
Yasuhiro Morinaga is an artist working freely across several different fields—design and art, visual experiences and auditory experiences, ethnology and anthropology, field surveys and cutting-edge technology—with recording as his linchpin.
His work roams far and wide as a matter of course, from collaborations with choreographers and visual artists to sound design for international films and field world on folk music and rites around Asia.
His exhibit is “Forgotten Kingdom – Dongba Shaman in Lijiang,” a video work created after fieldwork in the Yunnan province of China. Morinaga spent around five months in the region, gaining the trust of the locals to film this precious footage for the first time.
Respecting each other’s culture and fostering connections in culture and the arts is extremely important as we continue to live in this global age. By interpreting the word “spectrum” not only as something that shows static boundaries between domains but also as activity that connects individuals, countries and regions, and various separate territories, we can perhaps see its numerous latent possibilities.
191 Henry St //manhattan\\oct3//6pm
In our compressed version of Lijiang Studio these days Sarah Lewison will hold a workshop on Seed Bomb making (with discourse). Based on her work with duskin drum on the nature of being in a time of melting, we draw from permaculture and microbiology to experimentally enact discursive seed bombs. Through an aleatory group reading/making, participants are invited to temporarily lose control of imagining feelings about futures...come join us Sunday September 27th 3:30pm 191 Henry St (Chinatown/LES, not Brooklyn).
Here is a link to more thoughts on the seed bomb with duskin drum and Sarah Lewison:
Lijiang Studio will continue it's residency at City Bird Gallery, celebrating with an all day event and evening music show. We'll be celebrating with tangyuan, moon cakes & edamame.
3:30PM - Sarah Lewison, Discursive Seed Bomb Making
5:00PM - Sarah Lewison, Probiotic Perfromances
7:00PM - MUSIC
Wu Zhimi, Dongba Ritual Dance
Crystal Pascucci, composer & cello
Josh Sinton, bass clarinet
Bill Solomon, percussion
Mark Clifford, vibes
Ryan Ross Smith, composer (animated score)
Crystal Pascucci, cello
Mark Clifford, vibes and percussion
Mark Clifford, composer & vibes
Crystal Pascucci, cello
Danny Meyer, sax
Harris Eisenstadt, drums
If you're in New York around this time, come and attend one of the workshop events or musical performances*:
*Week-long continuous metabolism with Ernesto Salmeron
Apologies that we couldn't include everyone from the last 10 years into this one show- We had to narrow down our choices of indices to fit the limited amount of space- but all past residents will have their name listed in a scroll piece that will be part of the collection on display...
Please stop by, say hi, and join the reunion- we would love to see you!
City Bird Gallery
191 Henry St.
New York, NY 10002
September 20- October 3, 2015
with work and performances by:
Alfred Banze // Bill Solomon // Christine Falk // Crystal Pascucci // Dan Talbot // Emi Uemura // Emily Bates // Eric Van Hove // Ernesto Salmeron // Frog Wing // He Jixing // He Zhengkun // He Xiudong // Jay Brown // Josh Sinton // Li Jianhong // Li Lisha // Matt Sargent // Mark Clifford // Mu Yunbai // Naima Fine // Na Yingyu // Ricardo Gallo // Ryan Ross Smith // Samantha Silver // Sarah Lewison // Saskia Janssen// Sylvia Winkler // Stephan Köperl // Viccy Adams // Wu Zhimi // Yasuhiro Morinaga
Show statement and artist bios: here
Upcoming dates that WuZhimi will be appearing in New York:
Michelle Trick (a.k.a. Ozzo Ombro/ LiLi) came and visited the studio during the month of June. She built a loom out of scrap wood on her first day, then spent the rest of her stay weaving textiles inspired by the month's on-site experiences. She also conducted a few one-on-one breathwork sessions and shared a few relevant ideas with some local peoples before heading off to Shanghai.
Frog helped facilitate Michelle's interactive installation, "Fire Ceremony," during the Lesser Heat Festival. It features 174 Fire Drawings to illustrate breathwork-relevant philosophies... mainly the idea that fire is a powerful cleansing element, and useful for spiritual healing.
Fire Ceremony for the Lesser Heat Festival 2015
"A fire drawing is a blessing for your home.
Fire has the power to reveal and burn away death. It shows us the feelings buried inside us and clarifies the mud in our minds. A person who is often near the electromagnetic force of fire is a healthier, happier, younger, lighter person. Communities that socialize and cook around fire are closer knit and stronger.
These fire drawings are sacred objects, visual prayers made during a period of intense focus, little sleep, little food, and meditation. The images appear abstract, but they are based on the direct observation of flame and visions of energy seen during meditation and bodily purification practice.
Each visitor to Lijiang Studio is encouraged to take a single drawing as a blessing. In order to complete the blessing, each visitor should contribute the power of their own positive intentions to a blank page, and leave the page behind."
-M. Trick // www.ozzoombro.com
Saturday July 4th we will have a gathering at the studio to perform music written here recently, and the dongba Wu Zhimi will bless the Jixiang Giant Orb.
WuZhimi failed get the mixture ratio right the first time. She tried fixing it by soaking the scroll and scrubbing in the morning, but it only worsened the surface quality. So HeXiudong came over on the weekend to help. After mixing and applying a new batch of primer, they gave the scroll a thorough rub-down with a large courtyard stone.
Ask WuZhimi what she learned, and this is her best guess:
Part of the fun of our trip to Wumu was bringing a certain double bass and a certain cello - along with their players, ahem, Miranda Hill and Crystal Pascucci. Jay had in mind playing unscheduled, somewhat intimate somewhat random "musical offerings" on Wumu's steep, narrow, and poopy streets, but with the rain dragon and the wind goddess at play, there was enough going on in town already. This left us on our last night an opportunity to play at the Cultural Center in Wumu, which is quite a special public resource currently administered by our host He Jixian, the community minded autodidact dongba researcher from Wumu.
Here's a quote and recording from Miranda Hill on the evening:
"We did a concert on our final night there, of mostly improvised music. After we’d finished playing, we asked if anyone else wanted to perform, and people just started standing up and singing songs. Naxi songs, songs from school, recitations. It was quite amazing. Here is our final improv for the night, based off the Naxi song that I’ve been playing with."
After many scheduling stutters we finally made it up to Wumu this year with Er Ge, Jay, Miranda, Crystal, Jen, and Lizzie to see what He Jixian was up to. An exceptionally dry year here, the rainy season is a month late already. The village decided they would do a ritual, last performed in 1984, to invoke rain. The ritual invites the naughty wind goddess, who often associates with wandering souls who enjoy bringing trouble to the stable and orderly life of the village. Recently she has been blowing the clouds away before they could form rain. She is vain, though, and the villagers built an altar with an effigy of her as a beautiful Naxi woman, and her favorite things such as mirrors, hair ribbons, and flutes. The idea was to distract her long enough for the dragon spirit, invoked the night before, to stir up some rain. The dragon was constructed in Wumu's thriving cultural center and ran through the village, people waiting at every turn to splash the dragon (and everybody else). He Jixian explained that Wumu is one of the few villages around here to combine Han (dragon) and Naxi (wind goddess) elements in the same ritual.
Unfortunately, something didn't go well, and either the wrong spirit was summoned or the wind goddess did not take the bait: it still hasn't rained, and He Jixian is starting to get very sensitive about this topic.