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The Imagined Future Is Not The Future
exhibition OCT-LOFT Creative Festival 2017
OCT-LOFT, Shenzhen, China

The Imagined Future Is Not The Future

December 9, 2017 - March 8, 2018

OCT-LOFT, Shenzhen

curated by The Pin Projects, Bejing

Liu Gang, director of The Pin Projects

The Imagined Future Is Not The Future presents and explores the integration of technology and creativity and the possibility of the future development, it displays and discuss the imagined future under the contemporary context.

My urban installation TOFUD # Chongqing-BB2 together with the Bang Bang photo’s of this project are part of the show.

TOFUD#Chongqing-BB2’, which I created at Organhouse in Chongqing in 2016 is based on the relationship between Chongqing’s unique type of laborers ‘Bangbang’ (professional porters in Chongqing who use bamboo sticks as tools for their work) and the city Chongqing. The signature bamboo (or wooden) stick held on the bangbang’s shoulder is transformed by Havermans into something with a different look – one with a cross-shaped cross section. While the city is expanding at an extremely rapid speed, bangbang men are disappearing from the urban scene at a similarly rapid speed. Havermans’s stick is not round-shaped – it has edges and corers. One could imagine that it must be very painful to use Havermans’s stick to carry any heavy parcels, similar to the ways part of the population have been struggling painstakingly to adapt to the ever-faster pace of the modern day. There is an object suspending from the stick by a thin wooden stick; it looks like a black rock that’s cut into pieces, then re-assembled into a futuristic-looking object; this object actually stands for the ‘Mountain City’ Chongqing, which suspends in a seemingly dangerous manner in midair. The tension and stress that faces the entire city of Chongqing is thus expressed subtly.

The project TOFUD#Shenzhen BB2 @ exhibition The Imagined Future Is Not The Future

The project TOFUD#Shenzhen BB2 @ exhibition The Imagined Future Is Not The Future

The project TOFUD#Shenzhen BB2 @ exhibition The Imagined Future Is Not The Future

The project TOFUD#Shenzhen BB2 @ exhibition The Imagined Future Is Not The Future

The project TOFUD#Shenzhen BB2 @ exhibition The Imagined Future Is Not The Future

The project TOFUD#Shenzhen BB2 @ exhibition The Imagined Future Is Not The Future

The project TOFUD#Shenzhen BB2 @ exhibition The Imagined Future Is Not The Future

exhibitors and organization The Imagined Future Is Not The Future

exhibitors and organization The Imagined Future Is Not The Future speech organization The Imagined Future Is Not The Future

TOFUD#Chongqing-BB2/4 2016 photography 60 x 90 cm photo by Carlo Antoni

TOFUD#Chongqing-BB2/5 2016 photography 60 x 90 cm photo by Carlo Antoni

TOFUD#Chongqing-BB2/1 2016 photography 60 x 90 cm photo by Carlo Antoni

TOFUD#Chongqing-BB2/2 2016 photography 60 x 90 cm photo by Carlo Antoni

TOFUD#Chongqing-BB2/3 2016 photography 90 x 60 cm photo by Carlo Antoni

invitation OCT-LOFT

The project TOFUD#Shenzhen BB2 @ exhibition The Imagined Future Is Not The Future