Beijing22 research grants open call | Deadline January 15, 2018.


Beijing22 is an open, independent, long-term curatorial project, which will investigate the dynamics of Beijing’s urban space in the five years preceding the Olympic Games in 2022. Over this timespan, Beijing22 manifests itself in exhibitions, publications, talks, conferences and other activities. The project thereby archives the various perspectives of artists, curators, academics and journalists from China and abroad.

Open call
Two research grants that will be awarded for the development of scientific, essayistic, journalistic and / or artistic content to contribute to the discussion about city of Beijing and its ongoing transformation. The results, such as criticism, journalistic pieces, essays, interviews, text collections, will be published on the Beijing22 channels during the grant period. Beijing22 is an on-going research project, therefore the goal for the grant is to develop content that can be published on and made available for later research. This project is supported by the Goethe-Institut China.

For whom?
The grant is addressing:Artists. curators, journalists, humanists, architects, city planers, etc.

The research projects should be planed for a two-month period between March 1 and May 1, 2018.

The application deadline for the research grants is January 15, 2018. The successful applicants will be notified by January 30, 2018.

Application process
Full details, including eligibility criteria and processes, can be found here.

Beijing22 is a forum for artistic and scientific positions and a publicly accessible archive accompanying urban changes in a parallel and discursive manner. The city, cultural policies, the image of Beijing and individual perspectives and testimonies are captured and curated in response to one of the greatest urban developments in recent history. The material helps us to comprehend and reflect on the changing city and contextualize it with reference to a variety of disciplines such as art, architecture, city planning, sociology, philosophy, journalism, psychology etc.

In the last few years mega-sport-events have led increasingly to structural and societal transformations of entire regions. Beijing already witnessed enormous structural changes due to previous mega-events. However, what Beijing will try to achieve in the coming years is on a globally unprecedented scale. The urban plan includes radical structural and political changes spanning mobility, environmental policy, relocations, green innovations and smart city technologies. The national capital region Jing-Jin-Ji (JJJ) will be built by consolidating the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei provinces, comprising 130 million inhabitants. As part of these structural developments several goals have now already been officially stated for the next few years, such as a smog-free city-center, sustainable energy mobile infrastructure, and a huge migration of population etc. Beijing22 is convinced that the developments in the greater Beijing area will have a profound impact on both Beijing and urban growth—its conceptualization, design, and execution—globally in the years to come.

First Beijing22 residency
Ute Adamczewski was awarded with the first Beijing22 residency and is a video artist and filmmaker from Germany. Her video project I:conditions addresses the Chinese city as a showcase for radical transformation and observes in a filmic arrangement routines: dwelling, work, leisure. Filmed in the infinite high rise-compounds which represent Beijing, each video reveals the interdependence between the urban environs and a protagonist who lives and works there. The conversation between Ute Adamczewski and and Hao Dong (Crossboundaries) about urban planning, the built environment and their effect on social spaces during the launch event on October 21st in Beijing at Goethe-Institut China will be available on the website.

This project is initiated by: Antonie Angerer, Anna-Viktoria Eschbach and Jannis Schulze

Supported by the Goethe-Institut China