Our friend and AnD artist Simon Birch will launch his "14th Factory" Exhibition this week in Los Angeles! It also includes Prodip Leungand Wing Shya in the exhibition. Definitely check it out if you are in Southern California any time in the next month!
14th Factory is a monumental, multiple-media art installation that will
transform an empty industrial warehouse near downtown Los Angeles into a
mythic universe created collaboratively through video, installation,
sculpture, sound, paintings, and live performance. The 14th Factory
weaves together elements of popular culture--science fiction, punk
music, graphic novels, and film--with critical re-examinations of social
and historical narratives, especially interconnections between East and
West. Conceived by Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch, the
vision of The 14th Factory is to create a new, independent paradigm for
socially-engaged art, a kind of guerilla action where art occupies and
re-energizes underutilized or even derelict urban spaces and gifts them
back to the community in the form of a transformative experience.
Throughout its run, the project will feature
collaborative works by a global community of interdisciplinary artists
representing Greater China, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United
States. Entering The 14th Factory, the visitor becomes a central player
in a contemporary hero’s journey, leaving the ordinary world behind and
setting out on a voyage of adventure and, ultimately, of transformation.
Along the way, the journeyer gathers allies, encounters obstacles and
battles adversaries, until reaching the challenge and the ultimate
prize: A gift that can be passed on to all.
With fourteen large-scale collaborative works, The
14th Factory alludes to its historical roots in the “Thirteen Factories”
of the Canton region in eighteenth century China, during which
designated trading quarters formed a culturally and heterogeneous
establishment for European and Chinese traders. Birch's imagined
Fourteenth Factory aims to to open up a new alternative space of
collaboration, production and transformation, that moves beyond the old
divisions of the world into singular histories, and new mechanisms for
the molding of the future.
Mission Statement: The 14th Factory Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit global artist collective
whose mission is to create large-scale contemporary art experiences that act as vehicles for social impact.