PERFORMATIVE VILLAGE DRAWING
afo architekturforum oberösterreich, Austria
Zheng Xian, a doctoral candidate and lecturer from the University of Design and Art Linz, continues to draw villages in Austria, Germany, and China. With her own multi-angle perspective, she draws huge and precise maps covering the streets, houses, gardens, and everyday objects. The process and results of drawing occur and present directly in the public or private space of the village, thus forming an artistic practice that intervenes in the daily life space. This also stimulates the production of temporary or long-term spatial content in the village society.
DOCUMENTARY DRAWING, N47° & N48
Die Moserei, Scharnstein, Austria
Draw a circle on the earth, Scharnstein, Austria, in the west and Liu Jing Zi village, China, in the east, with the adjacent latitudes form a similar cold and dry climate, and with the differences in landforms, humanities, political and economic environments produce big contrasts in daily life. For Xian Zheng, pursuing a more efficient, lasting and personal understanding, she spent more than 1000 hours observing and drawing the two villages by freehand, to present both the overall layout of villages and the daily life of villagers in the same big picture.
POST-IT TO POST IT: 2020 – 2030
ART ELECTRONICA 2020
LOOPS OF WISDOM Exhibition, Kunstuniversität Linz.
In April 2020, when Austria first began its lockdown due to the pandemic and the university immediately switched to distance learning, Xian Zheng created the Post-it to Post It workshop. Every Friday in April, students submit five post-it-sized diary drawings, which are uploaded to an online gallery on Pinterest. The mini-sized drawing paper recycles daily waste paper and distracts from the trouble of not being able to go shopping.
The process of drawing forms a dialogue and meditation with oneself, and establishes communication with others via the online window. Changes can be seen in the weekly drawings, which capture the course of the pandemic and people’s lives. The workshop was held again in April 2021, resulting in more than 1,000 diary drawings by more than 70 students over the past two years, forming a precious documentation of the changes in people’s lives during Covid-19. The Post-it to Post It workshop will continue to be held every Friday in April until 2030. Beginning with the trivial things in daily life, we are looking forward to building an 11-year drawing archive to observe the specific changes of life in the pandemic and post-pandemic eras.
December 2019 - March 2020
Project leader: Ton Matton, Xian Zheng, Yiding Yang.
In November 2019, a group of teachers and students from space&designSTRATEGIES at the University of Art and Design Linz, together with a team from the renowned University GAFA (Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts), School of Architecture and Applied Arts, researched the Chinese village of Dong Men Kou in Wenchuan county. During the 10-day stay, performative research were carried out in the village and smart ingredients in a historical village life were found, which were reinterpreted and integrated into our contemporary urban lifestyle.
The results of this research were shown from December 2019 to March 2020 at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism \ Architecture in Shenzhen, China.
The research results were documented in our publication "A RESEARCH TO SMART VILLAGE IN DONG MEN KOU".