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Tea with Zhao Chuan

Zhao Chuan is a writer, curator and theatre director of Grass Stage, an independent Chinese theatre collective. The alternative, socially engaged performances of his theatre productions take place in public spaces: They turn restaurants, construction sites or lecture halls into stages. At the end of each performance, the audience is invited to talk about the work. Zhao Chuan explores, challenges, critically questions and criticizes different social aspects. Liv, Tobi, Aline, Duy and Colin met him for an open talk on the terrace of the old villa where the programme’s Shanghai exhibition took place. Liv: Tobi, Aline, Duy and Colin, you have been invested in the ongoing protests in Hong Kong and your work in Shanghai also evolves around it. Given the political situation, the museum officials have stressed that we are not allowed to touch sensitive topics. In the first mark through you had to come up with a cover story. How do you deal with the tie of not being able to address the subject of your work?  Aline: My feelings towards the censorship …

In Process with Cindy, Yuyu, Timo and Raúl

Working collaboratively can be inspiring and challenging at the same time. ‘In Process’ is a series of small reports following along each group for a day to find out how they interact and work collaboratively, what difficulties they might face and what strategies they follow. The insights offer a snippet from different stages on the way to their exhibition/performance at Ming Contemporary Art Museum Shanghai on November 8th. In the very early days of their project, I met Cindy I-Hsin Cheng, Jia Yu Wu, Timo Raddatz and Raúl Castro Estévez on a research day hopping from gallery to gallery. Previous Next I meet Cindy, Timo, Raul and Yuyu at noon outside a multi-story building in Central. They have visited 7 galleries in the morning already. Everyone is very hungry, so Raul leads the way across the broad street, passed the tram way. We leave Chater Road, home to many luxury brand flagship stores, and walk through a back street. The concrete ground is wet, AC’s are dripping onto our heads as we pass through the tunnel-like and smelly alley. …

Problem Solving in the Collaborative Process

Working collaboratively can be inspiring and challenging at the same time. Working in a transcultural group, in which you don’t share the same mother tongue and have different approaches to work processes and ethics can be even more demanding. Thus, the questions on how to deal with idea exchanges, defining roles, group dynamics such as communication and feedback culture and how to manage expectations are crucial to talk about in advance. The students each discussed a set of problems or challenges they might face in working together and tried to come up with different solutions. Some approaches were a little more playful than others. The left column defines a potential problem, while the right column suggests a possible way to deal with it. Challenge/Problem  Possible Solution When do we define tools, before or during producing? The question is hard to answer generally. The times to define tools differ for each project or discipline. It might be best to just try out new and different tools; ask yourself what you can do and what you want …