他们在这做什么? what are they doing here?

I’m off to Hong Kong tomorrow to pick up Paul and Emile, and I’m not sure when I’m coming back, so maybe there will be nothing to keep you amused. But I’ll be going west on April 11th for Cao Fei‘s installation performance at Osram’s lighting factory. mmm lights …

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 observationof the relations between individual and social space and the urban space of the Pearl River Delta.

— NoMAD CaoFei

What are they doing here? Siemens Arts Program

《他们在这做什么?》西门子艺术项目

It’s our pleasure to invite you to Cao Fei ‘s artwork”What are you doing here?”on April 11, 2006

很高兴邀请大家参观于2006年4月11日举办的题为“你们在这做什么?”的曹斐艺术作品展。

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.

我们将于4月11日下午5:30在广东佛山欧司朗公司的篮球场举办一场由欧司朗公司员工参与的现场演出。在项目中的灯光装置也将于4月11日至15日期间在员工宿舍区的员工之家为大家展示。

Address: OSRAM China Lighting Ltd. No. 1 North Industrial Road Foshan, Guangdong

地址:广东省佛山市工业北路1号欧司朗佛山照明有限公司

有意参与该活动开幕式者请回复邮件info@caofei.com予以确认,我们将会通知你如何乘坐专门安排的大巴由广州出发前往此活动地点佛山。

Illustration: Members of “Hometown” Light
Installation Team Photo:OSRAM Foshan
Contact: Christine Hildebrandt . Siemens Arts Program
christine.hildebrandt@siemens.com
T.: 00 86 / 21 / 58 88 20 00 ext. 21 05

联系人:Christine Hildebrandt (西门子艺术项目负责人)christine.hildebrandt@siemens.com
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 observationof 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.

A catalogue will be available by June 2006.

这些题为《他们在这做什么?》的系列作品中,旨在推动中国艺术家和西门子分公司员工之间的交流。在这些项目中,将邀请西门子员工从非商业的角度看待他们的工作环境,并体会工作环境的情感、社会和创意空间。欧司朗(中国)照明有限公司和西门子艺术项目邀请艺术家曹斐,与欧司朗佛山照明公司的员工一起创作了独立的艺术作品。她提出了这个问题:“你们在这里做什么?”随后,她把调查问卷分发给不同职位的员工,将他(她)们的希望、梦想、焦虑和期待汇编在一起。然后通过灯光装置、现场表演和一段视频,将这些感受烘托出来。

在这些作品中,曹斐集中表现了一个庞大生产体系中人类的价值及身份,并由此展示出艺术如何将一个客观存在的真实世界的生产体系转变为“舞台”。与此同时,该作品还将试图解释日益增强的全球化步伐如何对珠三角洲乃至整个中国社会产生的影响。这无疑与该艺术家对个体、社会空间和珠三角洲的城市空间之间联系的持续关注是密不可分的。

《他们在这做什么?》是西门子艺术项目推出的系列作品之一。

曹斐的题为“你们在这做什么?”艺术展得益于欧司朗(中国)照明有限公司佛山公司的大力协助。

作品目录将于2006年6月提供。