It's our pleasure to invite you to Cao Fei 's artwork "What are you doing here? " on April 11, 2006
An experimental studio performance involving OSRAM staff will take place at 5:30 pm at the Basketball Field.The light installations created during the project will be presented in the Entertainment Room at the Dormitory Area From April 11 to 15, 2006.
Address: OSRAM China Lighting Ltd. No. 1 North Industrial Road Foshan, Guangdong
Illustration: Members of “Hometown” Light Installation Team Photo:OSRAM Foshan
Contact: Christine Hildebrandt . Siemens Arts Program firstname.lastname@example.org
T.: 00 86 / 21 / 58 88 20 00 ext. 21 05
The “What are they doing here?” series attempts to foster lively communication between Chinese artists and employees of Siemens AG subsidiaries. In these projects, employees are invited to perceive their work environment not only in terms of business, but also to experience its emotional, social and creative dimensions.
OSRAM China Lighting and Siemens Arts Program invited the artist Cao Fei to create an independent artwork in collaboration with the staff of OSRAM Foshan. She posed the question “What are you doing here?”and distributed questionnaires to staff in different positions in order to compile their hopes, dreams, anxieties and expectations. These feelings are visualized through light installations, a studio performance and a video.
In this work, Cao Fei focuses on the value and identity of the human being in a huge production system, and thereby shows how art can turn a production system that exists in the real world into “theater”. At the same time, the project tries to explain how increasing globalization is affecting the Pearl River Delta, as well as the whole of Chinese society. This is inextricably linked with the artist's continuous observation of the relations between individual and social space and the urban space of the Pearl River Delta.
“What are they doing here?” is a project series run by Siemens Arts Program. Cao Fei's “What are you doing here?” exhibition was created in collaboration with OSRAM China Lighting Ltd., Foshan, Guangdong.