Nonsense Lab

top row:
HomeShop
Series One: Games 2008 (Opening and Closing Ceremonies)
2008
Xiaojingchang Hutong, Beijing, China

middle row:
Sean Smith
wii would like to play // we don’t have tickets
2008
public intervention at HomeShop

bottom row:
HomeShop
various processes and technics
2011
Beixinqiao, Beijing, China

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家作坊于2008年创建于北京。它是一个结合了”门店”与”居家”双重功能的艺术空间,随着人数和力量的不断增长,2011年我们搬到了北新桥附近的新空间中。 新的家作坊结合了店面活动空间, 工作室与”服务台”,并力图通过对已有的商业与艺术制作形式的追问来探索”微观政治”的可能性。这些可能性存在于我们的日常生活和相互协作中。

HomeShop began as a storefront residence and artist initiative in Beijing, 2008. Broadening our scope in number and potential, we have now relocated to a new space near Beixinqiao. Combining a storefront activity space, work studios and service desk, HomeShop questions existing models of economic and artistic production as an exploration of the micropolitical possibilities of the everyday, and of working together.

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Andrew Murphie: “‘How do you do it?’ has a simple practical answer. Tell people what works - technically. Clone your technics. Make copies. Distribute them. Make them available to others on the web (make an interpersonal equivalent of BitTorrent for research-creation technics, learn from the Open Source community). It’s like giving cuttings of plants to others for their garden. It’s actually hard to begin to understand research of any kind until you’ve done it - especially its precise technical limitations and possibilities. Moreover, although we are not the first to experiment - there have always been radical empiricists, and a radically empiricist mode of living - we are only now perhaps developing and popularising the vocabulary, the concepts, the technics. It’s often hard to explain exactly the vocabulary, the concepts. However, technics are something that can be easily communicated, experienced.”

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Clone Your Technics: Research Creation, Radical Empiricism and the Constraints of Models,” INFLeXions, No. 1 (May 2008).