Institute for Provocation
The Institute for Provocation (IFP) is a Beijing-based workspace and think tank hosting residencies, research projects, workshops and lectures. IFP aims to be a crossway between disciplines and attitudes in the realm of art, architecture, design and urban studies. As a workspace, IFP focuses on the thinking process before or even beyond the actual creation of an artwork: collection of dramaturgical information, testing of different architectural scenarios, experimenting with new media or disciplines, and so on. With a specific interest in public space, IFP aims to provoke new narratives about the city, its spaces and locales through self-initiated interventions and research projects. Through its wide network of actors, makers and researchers in China and beyond, IFP provides intelligence to our residents and collaborators who themselves become a part the network. Together with these, IFP is constantly investigating both theoretical and practical issues about the city and its structure, its history, its way of working as an organism.
Black Sesame is IFP's space for art, design and visual culture located in the same courtyard complex in Heizhima hutong, just off nanluoguxiang. It was set up with the aim to transcend the borders between disciplines and showcase new crossover projects. In the coming years Black Sesame will be a venue for high-quality projects, exhibitions, events and workshops.
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