箭厂胡同38号(国子监街内)
北京 100007 中国
38 Jianchang Hutong
(off Guozijian Jie)
Beijing, 100007 China

"It's HUGE."   -Doryun Chong, Associate Curator, Museum of Modern Art, NY
 

箭厂空间是2008年在北京成立的一家独立运营的另类艺术空间。它坐落在北京市区中心的一条小胡同里,改造自一家原有的临街店面并定期组织特定现场装置和艺术项目,我们的目的之一是每周七天、每天二十四小时使过往的路人从街面上观看。

箭厂空间适度的大小(15平方米)表明我们试图在不同文化背景和观众之间实践和推广艺术合作、探索以及实验的手段,致力于呈现本地和国外艺术家的作品,虽然是临时性的,但完全依据周边环境而定,形成了对我们所处地域不同的经济、政治和社会状况以及日常生活体验的深刻回应。

箭厂空间的创立,也是为了响应北京当代艺术创作的现状。当下,当代艺术大体上是通过其商业实质来界定的,越发局限在城郊边缘为特定目的而建造的艺术区内。这便引发了诸多疑问,如艺术实际上远离了这座城市的都市构架,更不用说一件艺术作品与它声称所要表现的社会和政治状况之间如何形成紧密的联系。对于箭厂空间而言,意义的营造是通过与既定社会背景下预先存在的社会结构发生互动进而发生对话,它采用了一种策略,使得社会构架并非成为其“周边环境”,而是成为作品的组成部分。

箭厂空间与它所在的这条小胡同同名。我们持有临时的营业执照,但并不出售任何作品。依靠朋友、志同道合者以及我们自己的捐助去适度、自发和灵活地运营,我们的使命是提供一个另类的、不同的背景环境,使艺术家在这里可以通过一系列艺术的实践,促进由个人层面、邻里、城市、地区最后乃至全球的多方位辐射关系。

Arrow Factory is an independently run alternative art space in Beijing that is located in a small hutong alley in the city center. Arrow Factory reclaims an existing storefront and transforms it into a space for site-specific installations and projects that are designed to be viewed from the street 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Arrow Factory’s modestly sized space (15 sqm) occupies a former vegetable stand, signaling an economy of means that informs our practice and promotes artistic collaboration, exploration and experimentation across different cultural contexts and viewing publics. We are committed to presenting works by local and international artists that are provisional in nature, highly contingent upon the immediate environment and that form meaningful responses to the diverse economic, political and social conditions of our given locality and everyday lived experiences.

Arrow Factory, founded in 2008, was initiated as a response to the current conditions facing contemporary art production in Beijing. At present, contemporary art has been largely defined by its commercial nature and increasing confinement to purpose-built art districts in the remote outskirts of the city. This raises many questions regarding art’s physical remove from the urban fabric of the city, not to mention the severing of an artwork’s ties to the very social and political conditions it is alleged to represent. For Arrow Factory meaning making is an activity that occurs through interacting with the pre-existing givens of a site, and adopting a strategy whereby the social frame does not so much ‘surround’ as much as it becomes part of the work.

Arrow Factory shares the same name as the hutong alley in which we reside. We hold a temporary commercial business license, but we do not sell anything. We subsist on small contributions from friends, colleagues and ourselves. We do not hold openings and we operate modestly, spontaneously and flexibly. Our mission is simply to provide an alternative; a different context in which artists can experiment with pushing the relationships that radiate outwards from the levels of the individual, the neighborhood, the urban, the region, to finally, the global.

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