Shenzhen | Taking A Stance

Taking A Stance | Beijing, April 27 2010

This weekend, MovingCities will be in Shenzhen to be part of the opening and symposium of the China-touring ‘Taking A Stance’-exhibition. After Shanghai and Beijing, the NAi-exhibit will land in Shenzhen presenting 8 critical attitudes in Chinese and Dutch architecture and design featuring OMA, URBANUS, Ai Weiwei, Irma Boom, Alexander van Slobbe, MeWe, Ma Ke and Hella Jongerius.

Curated by Linda Vlassenrood and Suzanne Mulder, both affiliated to the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) and Li Degeng, director of the OMD Contemporary Design Terminal, the exhibition is centered around forms of autonomy:

The exhibition reveals how the designers break down the standard conceptions within their discipline and are able to reformulate and exploit constraints creatively and constructively. A large degree of autonomy is inherent to this design stance, which has resulted in embracing commercial or politically sensitive assignments rather than side-stepping them.


The Shenzhen-exhibit will open on Saturday June 26 in the OCT Art & Design Gallery at 5:30 PM and be on display till August 1. The weekend will also feature an International Design Forum in Shenzhen. Under the umbrella of “Proactive Creativity” following talks will be held:

  • 26th June , 2010(Saturday)
    10:00am – 12:00am Speaker: Timo de Rijk VS. Hai Jun
    14:00pm – 16:00pm Speaker: Ole Bouman VS. Meng Yan
  • 27th June , 2010 (Sunday)
    10:00am – 12:00am Speaker: Mark Hemel VS. Feng Yuan
    14:00pm – 16:00pm Speaker: Xu Ping VS. Bert de Muynck

OCT Art & Design Gallery, 9009 Shennan Dadao, Huaqiao City, Shenzhen
华美术馆, 深圳市华侨城深南大道9009号

So, that’s a serious amount of promo. Below pictures from last April’s “Taking A Stance”-opening at the Today Art Museum in Beijing. Exhibition design by TomDavid Architecture.

Li Degeng [OMD Contemporary Design Terminal] | Beijing, April 27 2010

Wang Hui [URBANUS] | Beijing, April 27 2010

Linda Vlassenrood [NAi] | Beijing, April 27 2010

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