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International exhibitions Lucy + Jorge Orta, 9th Shanghai Biennale

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Lucy + Jorge Orta
9th Shanghai Biennale (China)

02.10.2012 - 31.03.2013









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Press release of Lucy + Jorge Orta


For the 9th Shanghai Biennale Lucy + Jorge Orta are commissionned to make three large-scale interventions for the Museum of Contemporary Art : OrtaWater Purification Factory, Antarctica World Passport Delivery Village and Nexus Architecture.


OrtaWater Purification Factory is a fully functioning, mobile water purification system. The work will draw from Shanghai's Huang Pu River and will pump water up 20 metres into the museum's third floor. It will be purified in a bamboo « factory » and then clean drinking water snaked around the museum for the visitors to taste, enjoy and take away in a specially designed OrtaWater bottle.


Due to the effects of global warming it is setimated that sea levels will raise 0.5 to 1.4 metres over the next 100 years. Antarctica World Passport Village is comprised of a collection of small huts made from reclaimed materials, erected on stilts and interconnected by a raised platform of bamboo. A Metisse Flag will indicate the delivery bureau, where a passport officer will hand out the third edition of the Antarctica World Passeport. Printed in Chinese for the occasion of the Shanghai Biennale, tens of thousands of passports will be distributed to museum visitors. New members will be welcomed into the Antarctica world community based on the founding principles of the Antarctical Treaty.


Nexus Architecture is both an installation and a performance artwork. During these ephemeral interventions, performers and passers-by will become physically involved in the construction of choregraphed scenarios, which are later filmed and photographed to create a document of the event. By climbing into specially conceived suits and zippering the Nexus, participants challenge the premise of interdependence, asserting chosen community as a means to personal liberation.











9th Shanghai Biennale, 2 October 2012 - 31 March 2013. Power Station of Art, 200 Huayangang Road, Huangpu District - Shanghai (China).








The Shanghai Biennale is the highest-profile contemporary art event in the city and the most established art biennale in China. The 9th Shanghai Biennale foregrounds art education, art and the self-organization of the society, knowledge production and common destiny.

Lucy + Jorge Orta, Orta Water Purification Station, 2005-2006. Courtoisie Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin

Lucy + Jorge Orta, Orta Water Purification Station, 2005-2006. Courtoisie Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin