logArton // International
The LogArtOn Collective is a coalition of international artists founded by Wangfang, some of which will feature their work individually at eturuF. Taking perspective from artists and architectural professionals, Chinese and foreign, the collective provides a means for those vocationally familiar with urban development to express vision and interpretation across borders. Through the process of urban development, a cohort of architectural professionals and artists take contact with the bodily processes of the city and community. An exchange occurs: the architect leaving traces of their own person and the city’s operations opening its own customs and realities. Both offer a report on their location over time at one of many, cyclically recurring meetings between the two. Founded in 2015, LogArtOn incorporates eight different members with lengthy experience in the production and display of architectural and new medium installations. Taking advantage of their own perspectives, artists can at times tackle issues in a disjointed fashion. While that is sometimes appropriate, it can be phenomenally empowering for artists and professionals of diverse abilities to enact each other’s concepts. In the 2015 ceramic work 24 Hour Sunshine, which exhibited at BabelMe, the artists enacted Wang Fang, a professional architect’s, experience on construction sites in China. The exhibition, which showed in Germany and China, displayed 100 ceramic yellow safety helmets. The joyfully titled piece garnered mixed emotions - the helmets, presented in a fashion akin to a memorial, offered an artifact of the experiences of (often migrant) workers, and their committed involvement in the rapid transformation of urban landscapes that they will likely never make use of. In China, the event showed at the Shanghai Museum of Glass.