MISC – Mapping the Cultural Landscape of PRD
A proposal by MAP Office, January 2015
In 2003, a group of emerging artists, architects, film makers, writers met to define the contours and specific culture of a booming region – the Pear River Delta. Coming from different parts of the region – Guangzhou / Shenzhen / Hong Kong / Macao / Yangjiang, they gathered in Nansha, considered the center of the urban network.
At the occasion of the 2015 Shenzhen Architecture Biennale, MAP Office proposes to present an archive of the PRD through the various works of the MISC group as a foundation of the cultural landscape of the region. In the early 2000, the question of the rapid urbanization, the place of production, the role of young migrants, the public landscape, the regional infrastructure was central to our preoccupations. Jiang Jung was about the launch the celebrated magazine Urban China, Ou Ning and Cao Fei film San Yuan Li portrayed an urban village absorbed by galloping urbanization, Hu Fan and Zheng Wei (Vitamin Creative Space) set up a new model of art gallery in a market, Xiaodu Liu and Meng Yan (Urbanus) were designing new topologies of public arena, Doreen Liu Heng was defining planning strategies of Nansha, Zheng Guogu and the Yangjiang group were starting to use their city as a dynamic laboratory to experiment with architecture and landscape, and MAP Office was Mapping Hong Kong and its extended territory of production - the PRD.
12 years later, we propose to look backwards at those early problematic and set up a small archive of this period. Presenting works that most of the young generation has never seen – including photographs, video, films, publications, sculptures, models, compacted into a special installation, we can invite the public to discover the foundations of the cultural landscape of PRD.
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