WOLFS + JUNG

| LAND PROJECT_CHINA 2011 - 2012

Just after the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, Wolfs + Jung relocated their studio from Belgium to China.

 

Their 4 years of experience living and working in Beijing became the foundation of the LAND PROJECT_CHINA, through which they attempt to capture the zeitgeist of contemporary China. Witnessing in their daily life the ever-changing cycle of the Beijing urban environment - construction, decay, deconstruction- has had an influence on the way they develop work conceptually, aesthetically and also technically.

 

The project started in 2011 with ‘1 Square Meter 01 [Tabula rasa]’ that contained 1 square meter of land and artifacts, collected from 'a contemporary archeological site' in Beijing, the recently demolished area of Beigao village(Above), with the coordinates 40°00’34, 82”N, 116°30’51, 35”E.

 

 

BeiGao is an old factory site in north-eastern edge of Beijing.

 

Beijing Chaoyang District has recently demolished and evicted the residents of 9 urban villages including Beigao in order to modernize and build replacement housing, roads and industrial/commercial facilities. Once crowded apartments, studios, workshops, foundry facilities and exhibition space by artists and locals have turned into rubble.

 

The entire neiborhoods of BeiGao village were deserted, only few ‘nail houses’ standing out in an otherwise barren landscape. In the courtyard of one of the last standing houses, 1 sqm of the land was taken for ‘1 Square Meter 01 [Tabula rasa].’

| LAND PROJECT_CHINA

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| SITE 01_Beigao

 

Beigao Village, Beijing, 2011

Photographed by WOLFS + JUNG

| Beigao

 

Beigao Village, Beijing, 2011

Photographed by WOLFS + JUNG

| The house

 

Beigao Village, Beijing, 2011

Photographed by WOLFS + JUNG

| The courtyard

 

Beigao Village, Beijing, 2011

Photographed by WOLFS + JUNG

| Beigao

 

Beigao Village, Beijing, 2011

Photographed by WOLFS + JUNG