STALKING TAO IN JIXIANG VILLAGE
Here is a short introduction to a new group-led interdisciplinary residency currently named Stalking Tao in Jixiang Village (2019) which seeks to explore convergence points between art and agriculture.
Origins: It refers back to a discussion between Jay Brown, Ernesto Salmeron, Anna Boggon and myself (Petra Johnson) about the drawbacks of residencies during a one day seminar at Oxford Brookes University in 2008 or 2009. In 2010 Ernesto, Piet Trantl and Jay published a proposal specifically tailored to Lijiang Studio. This proposal is now taking on form. In the course of 2018, constellations between people suddenly begun to gel into a desire to work together over a longer period of time. People already there, some or most of the time: Jixing joined Lijiang Studio full-time, Zhuming and WangMei, who have taken time out of their professional life as NGO consultant and Waldorf kindergarten teacher in order to pursue Goethean observations, decided to move from their village across the lake to Jixiang Village and in with MuCongpei (phonetic spelling); Li Lisha raised any number of questions about points of divergence between art and agriculture, questions informed by her decision to spend the July residency working on the farm; Qingwa started to work on a book for children on Qilin Dance; the studio begun a co-operation with HeWenzhao who curates a residency program in his parents home in a Cymon village and will be focussing on habitat selection next year.
What we have done so far: Zhuming and I begun to explore a text on ancient ways farmers developed for reading the Qi of the earth within their locality. Shuyin who trained as an architect, joined us in October and together with Jixing started to built a test site for this installation.
We are also spreading the word about this residency that seeks to identify convergence points between art and agriculture and we are so amazed and grateful that
Sarah Lewison (artist)
Duskin Drum (artist and educator)
Shuyin Wu (architect)
Jay Brown (founder and host)
Shodekeh Talifero (beatboxer)
Zhihao (performance artist)
Nikita Lin (curator)
Yunwen Huang 黄韵文 (movement artist)
Marceau Chenault (anthropologist)
Bochay Drum (landscape archaeologist)
Ben Torpey (farmer)
Ernesto Salmeron (artist)
Bill Wetzel (poet)
Francesca Valsecchi (curator)
- all of whom have already done work along these lines in Jixiang Village or worked along complementary lines in other regions are coming to join us and make it happen.