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szdaily -> Culture
Artist turns show room into Huaqiangbei
    2017-April-4  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    Cao Zhen

    caozhen0806@126.com

    WALKING into the C2 exhibition hall in the north area of OCT-LOFT, you may have the illusion that you are in an abandoned market, where mobile phone counters are surrounded with messy sculptures. That is what New Zealand artist Simon Denny created for his exhibition “Real Mass Entrepreneurship.?/p>

    The exhibition title echoes the timely call for “mass entrepreneurship and innovation?in China. Through Denny’s in-depth investigation of Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei electronics market, the artist reflects on the high-tech industry’s role in reshaping the world’s economic horizons.

    Taking Shenzhen’s accelerated electronics production as his case study, the artist places mobile phone and electronic product counters at the exhibition, reminding visitors of Huaqiangbei’s electronics market. He also places large sculptures of mushrooms, Greek pillars, arches and animals at random throughout the exhibition. Visitors can also stand on two scaffolds to overlook the whole “market.?/p>

    According to Denny, he borrowed the sculptures from a workshop which produces objects for local theme parks, after he visited Window of the World, a popular theme park featuring scaled-down reproductions of cultural landmarks of the world. He believes the various public sculptures endlessly remodeled, replaced and reproduced in theme parks precisely mirror the individual entrepreneurs enabled by the incubators and accelerators leading the mass entrepreneurship movement.

    “Window of the World and Huaqiangbei form a unique image of the history of China’s urban development. The park was born out of the domestic need for tourism in the 1990s and then became the window through which Shenzhen gazes upon the world. It also provides possibilities for China to measure its place in a globalizing network,?said Denny. “Huaqiangbei is a product of the special economic zone ?to accelerate social development through technological innovation. Meanwhile, it also explicitly illustrates the technology industry’s relentless reconstruction of the urban landscape,?said Denny.

    The exhibition sees a continuation of Denny’s technology-related projects. The artist researches into the practices and aesthetics of technology companies and products. His past projects have included German technology conferences and Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom. In 2015, he represented New Zealand with his “Secret Power?installation at the 56th Venice Biennale. The installation examines the way the contemporary world is depicted in imagery used by the U.S. National Security Agency.

    Dates: Until June 15

    Open: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., closed Mondays

    Venue: C2, North Area, OCT-LOFT, Nanshan District (南山区华侨城创意文化园北区C2)

    Metro: Line 1, Qiaocheng East Station (侨城东站), Exit A

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