18 - 25 January 2014 / Road Trip

Saturday, 18/01/14
11:15: departure by train to Beijing
21:09: arrive in Beijing West Train Station

Sunday, 19/01/14
9:00: PanJiaYuan Antiques Market, walk with artist Sun Yuan and Ouyang Xiao
15:00: Video Bureau introduction by Fang Lu and artist talk by Li Ran in CaoChangDi
17:00: visit 798 area galleries
17:30: visit Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) exhibition Xu Zhen: A Madeln Company Production
18:00: Work without a Homeland symposium organized by Goethe Institut: screenings and live stream talks from Munich, Johannesburg and Beijing
20:00: dinner at 798 area, with Video Bureau team

Monday, 20/01/14
9:00: studio visit and conversation with Ai Weiwei
guided tour of architecture designs: Galerie Urs Meile and Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Ai Weiwei-designed red brick building complexes in the quarter of CaoChangDi in Eastern Beijing
12:30: Xinjiang lunch with Ai Weiwei & team
afternoon: free time
18:00: visit Vitamin Creative Space/The Pavilion; show and introduction by Lu Jia: Cao Fei’s ‘Haze and Fog’

Tuesday, 21/01/14
8:45: YuanMingYuan walk led by Twist Qu; start at park, tour historic sites, and drift through urban village
13:00: lunch
afternoon: hutong walk led by: Anu Leinonen, Binke Lenhardt, Markus Schneider, Wang Shuo; visits to HouHai lake, Institute for Provocation, Nanluoguxiang, New hutong typology experiment, Ju-er Hutong, Drum & Bell towers, tea break at Zajia
20:00: Yunnan dinner, Aimo Town

Wednesday 22/01/14
8:00: Jing Shan park activities with Twist Qu and Qigong Master Zhu Feng
walk through Forbidden City from Tiananmen Square
15:00: drift through Sanlitun; meeting with Zhou Yi and Chen Xinpeng from collective Ah Diao Dui at C5 Gallery: calligraphy and poetry exercise, “photo op” at German Embassy
20:00: dinner at Dali Courtyard with invited guests: Daniel A. Bell (Confucian scholar, Tsinghua University), Wang Shuo (architect, Meta-Hutongs), Max Gerthel & Chen Shuyu (Institute for Provocation), Philip Tinari (director, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art), Xu Yijing & Neill Gaddes (Sans Practice, Dashila’r urban development project), Zhang Xianmin (independent film curator, Beijing Film Academy)

Thursday, 23/01/14
free day; bus to the Great Wall (optional)
night: “Follow the black rabbit” drinks by Rune Bosse with Institut für Raumexperimente at Wujin bar

Friday, 24/01/14
free day; visit to Summer Palace (optional)
evening: MAD Architects (Ma Yansong) annual Spring Festival “Gold Party”

Saturday, 25/01/14
10:05: depart Beijing to Berlin

Excursion organised by: Christina Werner, Eric Ellingsen, Elaine W. Ho, Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga