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Watch the Fire from the Shore


2021.11.12 - 2021.12.4
Oniment, 3F, No.19, 159 South Maoming Road, Shanghai

2021.11.10 - 2022.1.9
Design Republic, 511 Jiangning Road, Shanghai

LINSEED Projects is pleased to present Watch the Fire from the Shore, a group project divided into two chapters simultaneously taking place during the busy art fair season of Shanghai in November, in collaboration with Oniment, an event space located in the bustling living scene of downtown Shanghai, as well as Design Republic, a historical exhibition space renovated by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office. An exploration of space, presented through two different forms that are exhibition and salon, and presenting fifteen young artists from here or abroad, all of which emerging on an international scale: Nell Brookfield, Sophie Vallance Cantor, Cheng Chi Tien Lin, Tom Howse, Poppy Jones, Li Hei Di, Lukas Leichtle, Ellie Pratt, Pu Yingwei, Shi Jiayun, Mary Stephenson, Kiki Xuebing Wang, Eva Zhang Yi, Zheng Zhilin, Zhi Wei. The exhibition chapter will be held at Oniment, on view from November 12th to December 4th, 2021; while the salon chapter opens on the second floor of Design Republic Design Commune, from November 10th, 2021, to January 9th, 2022.

Our ordinary senses of living have been diverging and broken in the era of post-globalization driven by the pandemic, yet in such struggle and reconstruction, new trains of thoughts are in their constant attempts to be formed. Compelled in geographical isolation and apart from each other, we yearn for a sociocultural life more than ever. Our methods and demands for communication have become more intimate and various. Our mind states and social behaviours have been rapidly changing along with the world: questions of personal or cultural identity, reflections upon consumerism, rational recording and sensitive catharsis. 


About the exhibition space - Oniment

Oniment is located in a century-old house at South Maoming Road in Shanghai. It was the former residence of Cao Sugong, a famous ink maker in the Qing Dynasty in ancient China. By maximizing the preservation of the antique style —— the original murals, ceilings, and floors, the space creates a shared place infused with new aesthetic vitality in the lively urban centre.

About the exhibition space - Design Republic​

Design Republic founded by Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, is situated within the historic relic of the Police Headquarters built by the British in 1909, the project takes a surgical approach to renovation by Neri&Hu Design and Research Office. After its careful restoration and reconstruction, with the attachment of a brand new appendage which, like a prosthetic, enables the existing building to perform new functions, the nearly abandoned building begins its life again. The clear intentionality behind the detailing of connections between the old and the new creates a visually and spatially tectonic balance in relation to the building as a whole. 

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