V+A curates 'rapid, response, collecting' at SZHK biennale
V+A curates 'rapid, response, collecting' at SZHK biennale V+A curates 'rapid, response, collecting' at SZHK biennale
jan 18, 2014

V+A curates 'rapid, response, collecting' at SZHK biennale

V+A curates ‘rapid, response, collecting’ at SZHK biennale
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as part of the 2013 bi-city biennale of urbanism / architecture in shenzhen the victoria and albert museum (london) invited people engaged with the chinese megacity to select objects that reveal the life of its inhabitants. each of the modest items represent something about the urban context and the invisible forces that shape it. the exhibition ‘rapid, response, collecting’ functions as an experimental laboratory space, challenging typical value systems established by cultural institutions. the engaging design stories also help to develop an understanding of how collecting can continue to be a significant facet of museums.


‘for the V&A, the bi-city biennale is an opportunity to consider a new approach to contemporary collecting… it is motivated by a desire to collect designed objects that represent or tell stories about important events and shape, or are shaped by, how we live together in the 21st century.’ says the victoria and albert museum.


‘rapid, response, collecting’ features 23 objects that tell stories about the city of shenzhen today
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there are 23 pieces on display, ranging from baby milk powder, plastic goods and personal hygiene products to pink bras from local factory girls. the items represent the full richness of urban life, becoming material evidence of people’s engagement with one another and the challenging context of a rapidly developing city like shenzhen.


the objects attempt to display the full richness of a rapidly changing megacity like shenzhen
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each of the modest items represent something about the city and lives of its inhabitants
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plastic goods and personal hygiene products, 2013 suggested by map office (gutierrez + portefaix)
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the exhibition challenges typical value systems established by museums
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the pavilion becomes a testing ground for new modes of collecting
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‘metal-free bra and non-underwired bra, 2013’ suggested by ren jue, chen yandi + guo jiawei collected from shenzhen factory girls
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‘baby milk powder and guidance leaflets, 2013’ suggested by gigi chang
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the bi-city biennale of urbanism / architecture in shenzhen runs until 28 feburary 2014

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