The Pavilion

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The Pavilion
2503-B- Building 2, Northern District, Pingod Community, No.32 Baiziwan Road, Chaoyang District
100022 Beijing
Venue Type: Alternative Space


In Chinese classical gardens, a pavilion is an open structure to pause in, in order to go further and view more. (H.F.)
The importance of the pavilion space is, unlike the shop that deals with the daily life issue, the pavilion deals more with the issue of daily life awareness, this awareness that is energy to host the flow of daily life.
For me, the pavilion as structure is interesting, but also for the metaphor of how we understand space is interesting, it is more the way to understand the space of human beings' lives. (Z.W.)
Instead of guiding the viewer through a pre-constructed path, The Pavilion will INVITE the audience to shape different trajectories into this space. I think The Pavilion should become important both as an intimate space for reflection and at the same time as a platform for construction and interaction. It’s a space in between a cozy, intimate room and a public arena. (L.T.)
Pavilion also brings to mind shelter, for example a pavilion in the park, under which you'd seek shelter from the rain. (H.S.)
It can be also a place of observation; this kind of metaphor has a connection with looking at what is going on with our contemporary life. (Z.W.)
The pavilion for me is always a kind of ambiguous space, there is no real pre-defined function or meaning about it, rather it could be part of the landscape itself, something blurring the public area and private surroundings. (H.C.)
It is challenging to think of the tension between emphasis on context, and trying to create space with works "beyond context." (M.E.)
To me, a pavilion is something about sadness and happiness (H.H.)
We can project different interpretations and anticipations into the pavilion, since it's a metaphorically transparent space, it's empty, which means it constantly reflects what we are, what we want to see, which is the most challenging thing, because you have to reflect yourself from other people; in the case of the pavilion, it's reflected from the projects related to those individuals' daily art practices. Meanwhile, you have to see further through the pavilion, it’s a space to find the acupuncture-point on reflections, to which we can bring the intensity of art practices, and this kind of intensity of individual space can generate the program (H.F)
If empty means that the space is really empty, then that is a problem. For me the interesting thing is to think what is the content to make the empty space exist as space, but if these spaces are still on the level of space, that’s not enough, the most interesting part actually will be the vision, or perception or energy which can feel, understand or make these empty spaces exist, in order to feel these kinds of spaces; it needs a kind of daily practice, maybe that is what pavilion is working toward. It is not only showing the space, it is also a space that is about daily practice space. (Z.W.)
Empty means you construct something in order to find a way of practice to glimpse the transparency-which looks empty, but actually is about how to look at something through some other thing, and not get stuck on the material form. (H.F.)
Part of the daily practice is the constant observation/interpretation that you were talking about before in relation to the name pavilion. (H.S.)
When the pavilion itself becomes a landscape, it is important when you stand there, what kind of landscape you will see. (Z.J.)
It is like people coming together, maybe not for particular things. (H.H)

(H.C.= He Cong, H.F.= Hu Fang, H.H.=Huang He, M.E.= Michael Eddy,H.S.= Honora Shea, L.T.= Luisa Tresca, Z.J.= Zhang Jun, Z.W.=Zhang Wei)