Towards...2021 and Beyond
Aug 10, 2020
Dear friends of RAM,
We hope that you are staying safe with your loved ones.
It has been a while since our last announcement during the Chinese New Year Party. During this period, many people have inquired about the opening of the museum. As we extend our warmest wishes to you in this extraordinary time, we would like to also announce that the museum reopening will be postponed to 2021.
Although it is with a heavy heart that we share with you news that the museum’s renovation has experienced delayed, we also wish to keep you informed of the meaningful projects we have been developing during this time. Therefore, it gives us great joy to introduce upcoming projects across our different platforms including curatorial, research, education, communication, and development to you!
Research and Curatorial Programing
We are delighted to launch “CURTAIN” a three-year research project spanning multiple geographies. Going beyond the physical definition of an exhibition, this series of activities and events look to expand the dialogue with artists in order to gather together a group of cross-disciplinary critical thinkers and practitioners from different backgrounds. Together there will be an on-going series of exhibitions, discursive platforms, and cross-institutional collaborations. The first outcome of this research will take the form of a bi-monthly online “CURTAIN” publication. As for now, two issues End Time Super Topic and Occasional Visitors are officially released. You can download and view the full issue by accessing RAM’s official website. Click Here!
We are also in the process of releasing a new publication series “Artist Conversations”, which is expected to be released at the end of this year. Featuring artists such as Eisa Jocson, JK Anicoche, Luka Yuanyuan Yang, contact Gonzo, Daniel Kok, and Luke George. Developed in conjunction with the project “Curatorial Practices in Asia – Open Institution” and its program of residencies, workshops, and public lectures organized last year, we are excited to deepen our ties to a community of curators, researchers, and artists based in different localities across Asia. We also look to explore the vibrant relationships underpinning ground-breaking and experimental curatorial practices found in institutions, alternative spaces, educational platforms, artistic interventions, and other areas of society. “Curatorial Practices in Asia 2020” will continue to extend this research by hosting artists and curators through online “residencies” and looking to initiate discussions with people around the world and the local community in Shanghai.
"Khek Dhang Ke" Stories Are Going On
RAM has recently launched "Khek Dhang Ke", a new long-term platform with a focus on the vicissitudes of the communities and locals in the Bund area. In collaboration with educators, artists, scholars, architects, and curators of various backgrounds, we have set up a series of research to delve into the Bund area through regular info exchanges, resource sharing, and co-organized public programmes. Derived from the local Shanghainese dialect, “Khet Dhang Ke” means the “living room”. Through the establishment of such a platform for cultural exchanges, we hope to foster intimate connections among residents and local groups of communities in the Bund area to enhance and enrich mutual understanding and communication. Through the research and programmes of "Khek Dhang Ke", we want to establish records of the local people and stories in the area that are fading away with the process of urban development. We plan to build an archive pertinent to this area by paying close attention to the people living and working in our vicinity. Starting from October 2020, "Khek Dhang Ke" WeChat official account will be available, where the project progress and event information will be published on. Meanwhile, we will launch "Khek Dhang Ke": Stories, a print which will be published on a regular basis from November 2020. Please follow us on "Khek Dhang Ke" WeChat official account to find out more information!
This year also witnesses the development of a new patronage program “RAM Circle”. The circle provides exclusive opportunities for supporters to the institution ranging from collectors, artists, musicians, designers, professionals to anybody who has an interest and passion in the arts. In the circle, together we look to share, learn, and most importantly connect together. During this period, some of our friends in the circle have started their own independent designer fashion store; some have their own art project and gallery space opened at the center of the contemporary art scene; some have become close friends with leading curators and emerging artists in our community; more are making steady steps towards their goal everywhere around the world. Events including private dinner, cocktail party, VIP-access talk, and studio visits are happening. Don’t miss out on it, as we look very forward to having you join the RAM family!
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