我的负能量是你的正能量, or, 或者, The Grin Without The Cat
collaboration with HomeShop for Unlived by What is Seen, curated by Sun Yuan & Peng Yu and Cui Cancan, Pace Beijing, 2014
Almost one year after artist-run space HomeShop closed its doors, its participation in the group exhibition Unlived by What is Seen was an attempt to retrospectively address five-and-a-half years of work and play. The multiplicity and dynamics that defined this collaborative project since its inception in 2008——including its spaces, people and activities, self-organized and processual——do not necessarily add up to a singular viewpoint, nor can they be easily mapped. Retrospection is paradoxical. Subjective. Dialogical.
「我的负能量是你的正能量，or，或者，The Grin Without The Cat」thus appeared as a sampling of ephemera and residuals—from daily life, from the structures of organization, from other possibilities and deadends, from things that never were, and, from a few ghosts. Specially prepared video dialogues and printed guides served as escorts and annotations to the more than 100 items included in this archive; the history they recount led on any number of narrative journeys. Retrospection is production. A spirit attending a series of old objects. A kind of collaboration postmortem. There’s no more time to play!
This exhibition project was conceived and carried out by Orianna Cacchione, Michael Eddy, Elaine W. Ho, Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga and Twist Qu.