Liu Chuang at "Long March Project: Building Code Violations III – Special Economic Zone"

Long March Project: Building Code Violations III – Special Economic Zone 
July 21 - August 26
Curated by Long March Project

Liu Chuang will participate in "Long March Project: Building Code Violations III". His work reinterprets the history of China’s economic reform through the speculative framework of Accelerationism.

“Long March Project: Building Code Violations III” is the latest installment of the exhibition series “Building Code Violations”, whose previous two iterations took place at Long March Space in 2006 and 2008. The exhibition takes the improvisational nature of building code violations in informal architecture as a metaphorical point of departure and assembles works that employ a variety of visual production methods to probe the political, social, economic and cultural realities of today.

In the exhibition’s context, “Building Code Violations” does not directly refer to a particular mode of architecture; instead, it is used as an umbrella term for the myriad forms of life that entail developing unconventional strategies to adjust to evolving social conditions. While these spontaneous architectures may be conceived as makeshift solutions to crises, the socioeconomic demand for flexibility and de-territorialization in our post-planned economy era has, rather curiously, given rise to a new norm marked by ubiquitous and complex types of violations. At the core of the exhibition series is the proposition that building code violations, which have hitherto been considered unorthodox, and formal building standards, which are generally regarded as the norm, should be understood in reverse terms today. 

Long March Project is an ongoing curatorial and institutional practice initiated in 1999and begun in 2002. By introducing China’s revolutionary “Long March” (1934–36) as the guiding metaphor, it potentiates discursive lines of enquiry into a range of different Long March Projects in China and abroad. In it, the ‘Long Marchers’ practice across various geographies, discussing ideas of revolutionary memory in the present-day context, and collaborating with participants from around the world to reinterpret historical consciousness and develop new ways of perceiving political, social, economical, and cultural realities. The variety of practices under this curatorial platform include Long March – A Walking Visual Display (2002), Long March Project – The Great Survey of Paper-cutting in Yanchuan County (2004-2009), Long March Project – No Chinatown (2005-2007), Long March Project – Yan’an(2006-2007), Long March Project – Ho Chi Minh Trail (2008-2010) and Sheng Project (2015- ).