Model Home is an exhibition of new conceptual work, made by Michael Lin in collaboration with fellow artists and craftspersons from a variety of different milieu. The exhibition has its origins in a partnership between Lin and Japanese architecture firm Atelier Bow-Wow and has been brought to completion with the cooperation of invited building workers, furniture makers and musicians, film-makers and urban studies researchers based in Shanghai. The exhibition is an experiment in composite creative work, combining a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, installation, music, film and performance.
Inspiration has been drawn from the history of the Rockbund Museum itself and events that occurred at the same time as the building the gallery is housed in was constructed in the early years of the twentieth century, also from the Bauhaus manifesto with its emphasis on the social functions of art. The artist and architects hope to be able to give a response to the Bauhaus call for architecture to be a vehicle for multi-media art and their advocacy of the combination of architecture, painting and sculpture as a single unity that is suited to the cultural context of contemporary Shanghai and the Rockbund Museum. It is also hoped that through a range of art experiments rooted in cross-disciplinary collaboration, a debate can be inspired about the modes of production and social practise of art, the relationship between site specificity and the cultural landscape of its given locale, and creation-as-dialogue and the public sphere.