Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) is pleased to announce the opening of RAM Station - the new location for not only the RAM Shop and reading room, but also for the resumption of RAM’s public education programmes. Events such as film discussions, lectures, workshops, and book recommendations will be presented at RAM Station, making it a central space for the museum’s interaction with the outside world during its temporary closure.
No less eccentric than its predecessor, the new RAM Shop offers a selection of RAM-exclusive creative and cultural products, exhibition-related souvenirs, as well as original designs by independent studios and designers. Publications from all previous RAM exhibitions are also available in the shop. (P.S. the RAM Shop has launched its online Taobao store in June - check it out and pick up your one-of-a-kind art product today!)
The “Reading Space,” an upgraded version of the Reading Room, is a learning space for the public. Developed by RAM’s research team, the Reading Space will present books and other reading materials related to the museum’s vision as well as various art projects, including popular books on cultural research, published and leading theories in the humanities and social sciences, rare out-of-print books, artists’ notes, and other publications.
Unlike other art institutions that are more China-focused and conservative in scope, the Rockbund Art Museum is working towards an “oceanic” vision of contemporary art. The selected books in the Reading Space cast light on our examination of the importance of oceans and archipelagos in Asia, enriching our audience’s understanding of the role of oceans in human history and culture, and offering insights into issues such as power control, ecological resources, and inter-group relations. Apart from books on the museum’s vision, the Reading Space will also provide reading, audio, and video materials pertaining to topics explored in CURTAIN, a long-term research project launched by RAM in 2020. We will select a series of publications introducing theories on surveillance, technology, cultural imagination, national identification, and institutional critique, so as to offer multiple perspectives for observing and contemplating our present-day social situation.
From 2020 to 2021, we will also organize a series of talks, lectures, and other events at RAM Station, centered around our publications in the Reading Space. Such content will also be shared and further explained on RAM’s various social media platforms via our online project #RAM Satellite.
We hereby invite our audience to interact with this ever-growing collection of publications, with the hope that these reading materials will help to disseminate new thoughts and ideas while increasing people’s awareness of different social issues. We also invite you to follow us at our official WeChat account or to go on our official website (www.rockbundartmuseum.org) for more information on upcoming events.