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someone has been disarranging these roses

2023.9.9-2024.1.18

Someone Has Been Disarranging These Rosesdelves into the historical and present context of BMCA’s site –Beijige Mountain, and investigates the pivotal role it has played in the evolution of meteorological science in China.Departing from the spectral atmosphere of the museum's locus, the exhibition brings together about 20 artists,architects, and researchers from six countries to create a constellation of artworks engaging with this historicallineage andoffering different perspectives towards the omnipresent reality of climate crisis.

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Hu Yun, Star, 2017-2018, Meteorite, 3D print, music box, acrylic box, 60×40×12 cm, Commission by OCAT Xi’an, Courtesy of the artist, HOW Art Museum and AIKE Gallery

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Kadambari Baxi & Research Group,Air Drifts, 2016, HD video accompanied bydrawings, diagrams, and texts, Research group includes Janette Kim, Meg McLagan,David Schiminovich, and Mark Wasiuta, In collaboration with scientists at NASAGlobal Modeling and Assimilation Office, Maryland, US, Courtesy of the artist

Beijige serves as a point of convergence for the history and reality of Nanjing and China. It weaves together various elements, including ancient myths / Daoist traditions, solar terms / agricultural activities, modern meteorological science / intellectual individuals in China's modernization process (such as Zhu Kezhen, the founder of the Central Meteorological Observatory in Beijige), as well as civil defense projects / consumer spaces, collectively producing a complex, ambiguous, and romantic environment. The museum's existing spaces further consolidate this essence, blending together mountain terrain, air raid shelters, and the "white cube" gallery environment. The exhibition seeks to portray this compressed moment through image and sound, and to extract the dynamic imagery of wind, rain, cloud, etc. It evolves from the perception of such phenomenon to the intangible existence of data clouds, and ultimately to the cultural and political weather and climate at large.

Architect Naitian Yang’s choreography of the exhibition space creates an experience that negotiates with theexisting concrete structure and resonates with the oscillating cadence of weather itself. In a time when weather andclimate issues have transcended theoretical discourse and become an urgent reality, the exhibition endeavors tointegrate people and weather into the same fluid, precarious, and crucial state. The artworks within the exhibitionallude to what might conventionally be termed "bad weather", yet the binary idea of "good / bad" is no longerapplicable to our judgments of weather. Beyond a human-centered perspective, the synthesis of chaos emerges asthe norm of weather, where "good" and "bad" coalesce. It pervades every aspect of existence, whether living or not.

The participating artists in this exhibition include:Ben Rivers, Zike He, Yun Hu, James Benning, James Bridle,Kadambari Baxi & Research Group, Luo Li, Ke Lin, Philippe Rahm, Ling Wen, Zhen Xu, Ming Ya, Yang Yang,Yutaka Sone, Bo Zheng, and June Lee

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