Time: January 27, 2013 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Location: Zajia Lab
Street: Hong en Taoist Temple, Doufuchi Hutong, Jiugulou Dajie
Website or Map: http://site.douban.com/124288
Event Type: art, video, share
Organized By: zajia lab
Latest Activity: Jan 27
Between April 21 and May 29, 2012, French Artist Niko de La Faye rode 1660km between Beijing and Shanghai. He will present videos of the project in Beijing at 6:30pm on Sunday January 27, at Zajia.
In 2011 in Beijing Niko de La Faye created ‘M2B’, a mobile kinetic sculpture. After one year riding around the city and being exhibited in major cultural events - including Art Beijing, Caochangdi Photospring Festival,Beijing Design Week and Croisements Festival - the artist decided to take his creation for a long journey, on the road, from Beijing to Shanghai.
Niko traveled for 38 days. He passed by cities like Jinan, Xuzhou or Nanjing, but he mainly went through small cities and villages into the Chinese countryside. Everywhere people welcomed this quite extraordinary sculpture with a lot of curiosity and fascination.
The Artist realized pictures and videos along the 1660km of this art performance. In January Niko will be back in Beijing. He will talk about his project and show pictures and films he shot on the way to Shanghai.
Niko says that “contemporary art should not be a complex thing exclusively oriented to a few connoisseurs and specialists. Art is life, and art should be part of everybody’s life. M2B carries this message on its back.”
Niko will take this opportunity to present his next project: ‘M2B Shanghai-Hong Kong’, that he will launch in April 2013.
more info:http://weibo.com/m2bproject, http://t.qq.com/m2bproject,
http://www.facebook.com/m2bproject and www.m2bproject.com or http://www.nikodelafaye.com
M2B was created in Beijing in 2011. The voluminous load on the back of the bike is a mechanism using both Eastern and Western references to create a model of the cosmos - the cubic structure, and its eight balls,illustrate the Taoist bagua, and the animated elements inside recall the very graphical ‘theory of everything’
elaborated by American Physicist Garrett Lisi.
During one year, it regularly appeared into the Chinese capital city traffic, during the day or the night. It was also exhibited in major cultural events, including International Art Fair ‘Art Beijing’,International Photo Festival ‘Caochangdi Photospring’, the Beijing Design Week and the French-Chinese Cultural Festival ‘Croisements’.
Between April 22 and May 31, 2012, M2B rode 1600 km from Beijing to Shanghai.
>>>About Niko de La Faye
Niko is a French artist. He works with a large variety of tools and materials to create photos, kinetic sculptures, costumes and dresses.
After his studies in France, he moved to San Francisco. Between 2003 and 2005 he worked with a great range of local artists. He designed costumes, choreographed shows, and participated in local films and TV shows on channel 29 In 2005, back in Paris, Niko began a new journey of conceptualizing and building kinetic sculptures.
Simultaneously, in 2007, he began his “painting and face” photo project. Then, in 2009 he moved to Shanghai to continue his photo work. The same year Niko also designed his first collection: ten
transformable dresses which he created in partnership with the Suzhou Arts and Design Institute. He presented this work at the Suzhou Performing Arts Centre in a show he choreographed called “R.Y.B.”.
After working in Paris in 2010 on kinetic sculptures, photo projects and live video performances, Niko moved to Beijing in 2011 to build M2B. Since Niko works exclusively on the M2B project, both in France and in China.