Charles Anderson @ CU Space

Jumping City: X-Field Beijing

The exhibition Jumping City is a site-based study of the new emergent urbanity of Beijing, and focuses particularly on: Blur, Temporary, Open and Mobility. For this exhibition, as well as exhibiting examples of his design and public art work, Charles Anderson also made the next iteration of his ongoing A House for Hermes project. Entitled A House for Hermes #06, this work engages with the charateristics of Jumping City outlined by Che Fei, architect and director of CU Space, Beijing:

During WWII, the US army created a “leapfrog” strategy in the Pacific War to attack the Japanese held islands. Chinese reform and open policy has also set leaping development goals, such as the ‘urbanization goa’l, the ‘well-off goal’, the ‘modernization goal’, etc. Additionally, Chinese urbanization has been realized primarily through the privatization of land tenure in the market-economy development which was confirmed and ensured by “Property Law” in 2007. This kind of urbanization is a form of urban leapfrog that has been transferring the jumped area of the “capital frog” into an island-like private space. In the wake of this movement follows an indeterminacy of the residential environment that causes continuous mobility. Like the urban leapfrog strategy of the “capital frog”, the phenomenon of the residents continuously moving within the same city because of such condition changes or demolition is called “city jumper”. And the city or urban block, full of “city jumper” phenomena can be called “Jumping City”. “Jumping City”, geographically similar to the concept of immigration and mobility in European and American urban development, becomes a unique concept about immigration and mobility with a prominent Chinese character because of its distinctly introverted traits.

Similar questions of home, house, dwelling and place are the basis of the House for Hermes Project. A House for Hermes #06 attempts to create a contemporary dwelling via an open-ended re-collection of spatial experience. Each of the participants in the exhibition has been asked to draw from memory a floor plan of a house which has played a significant role in their lives. From these combined drawings a new collective ‘house’ is generated and configured within the exhibition space. As the project moves from country to country, new floor plans drawn by the participants from each new city will be added and the collective house consequently progressively transformed and reconfigured. Over time an evolving morphology of global dwelling may emerge from this ongoing conversation performed at a local level.

Charles Anderson, A House for Hermes 06 (detail)

Charles Anderson, A House for Hermes 06 (detail)

Jumping City: X-Field Beijing (view 01)

Jumping City: X-Field Beijing (view 01)

Jumping City: X-Field Beijing (view 02: Charles Anderson)

Jumping City: X-Field Beijing (view 02: Charles Anderson)

Jumping City: X-Field Beijing (view 03: Charles Anderson)

Jumping City: X-Field Beijing (view 03: Charles Anderson)