C-PLATFORM was founded in Xiamen, China in 2012. It is a non-profit culture and art research and curatorial organization supported by LUCITOPIA CULTURE. They are focusing on the issues of research and creative development of nature, culture and sustainable future. Cooperating with global researchers, curators, artists, designers and burgeoning creative groups to jointly generate a serious of programs which are interdisciplinary, undermined sense of cultural boundaries, extrasensory experience. They integrate different types of projects and individuals into the unique context and experience. The organisers want to establish an interactive exchange platform that continuously releases cultural transformation and creative energy across the boundaries of content production and communication, public awareness and experience.
C-PLATFORM has established global partnerships with organizations including the Chinese European Art Center, China Design Center, UK. Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, China Residencies, Dutch Culture Centre for International Cooperation, Green Art Lab Alliance, EU. Lab for Nature Research at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, NL. Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Xiamen University Art College Digital Media Art Department, Jimei X Arles International Photo Festival, Xiamen Design Week, etc.
XI·ART MUSEUM (Xi, Stream in Chinese): Xi·Art Museum located in the Lucitopia Town, Fuzhou City, Jiangxi Province, China. A wall-less open-air art museum is planned along a 7km stream in the valleys of Zixi Qingliang Mountain. With tranquil and pleasant environment, it resembles another time and another world. Lying at the foot of the Wuyi Mountains in the Northern side, it is about two hours’ drive from the urban center of Fuzhou. Thanks to its distance from the city center, the natural landscape of Zixi Qingliang Mountain, upon which the museum is planned, has been well-preserved. The dense forest abundant in negative ions and the gurgling stream free of excessive human traces undoubtedly make the Xi·Art Museum one of a kind.
Two seemingly distant concepts – stream, a natural inspiration of human art and art museum, the place preserve the memory of life – are interestingly juxtaposed and combined at the Xi·Art Museum by the romantic hypothesis “The chance meeting of the stream and the art museum”. Deconstructing the usual spatial forms and production methods of art museums, the Xi·Art Museum blends in the natural landscape of Zixi Qingliang Mountain. As time proceeds, the relationship among nature, human, and objects will be continuously redefined, organized or updated at the Xi·Art Museum, a living natural museum unfolding its unique future.
The Xi·Art Museum is currently in its infancy. It will begin to launch a series of projects and programs, including the Generative Project, Flowing Theater, and Forest Academy, inviting art practitioners, young designers, and creative groups to reside in the mountains and explore the relationship between nature cognition and sustainable life. In the end, the Xi·Art Museum also raises people’s awareness of the importance of environmental protection and sustainable development through artistic exploration and reflection.
At the end of the rural residency, participants have the opportunity to be invited to give lectures in urban public locations, such as community spaces, universities, research institutes and creativity conferences. They will be able to share their thoughts and experiences of their time in the countryside as well as their visions for future potential, and in so doing will encourage feedback and inspire wider urban debate and focus on rural practices.