Beijing’s social spaces — sites for gathering, dancing, playing, socializing, discussing, exchanging, dreaming, loving, hypothesizing both alone and with others — are slowly being eradicated. In their place, State-led visions of a refined, cosmopolitan future are constructed. 八家 Bajia House 2 features contributors from invited practitioners, projects, and enterprises that build platforms or spaces where ‘the social’ is created, subverted, rebuilt, and maintained.
"By presenting a printed space for surveying, highlighting, documenting, and abstracting different approaches to the social and the interpersonal relationships that comprise it, we hope to work towards conversations guided by the political, economic, and social complexities inherent to the region, and not those of a Western legacy. 八家 Bajia House 2 does not provide a solution for the future, but rather seeks to understand how we can collectively confront an imperfect present."
八家 Bajia House 2 is co-edited by Zandie Brockett and Wang Lijie, guest edited by Huang Jingyuan and Alessandro Rolandi, and designed by Céline Lamée from LAVA Beijing. Contributors include Alessandro Rolandi, ATLAS, Chen Xinghui, Chen Yun, Dr. Xu Jing, Elaine W. Ho, Feng Junhua Huang Jingyuan, Xiang Jing, Kong Fanglong, Kyle Skor, Liu Chengrui, Luka Yang, Ni Kun, Liu Jiajun, Song Yi, Wen Hui, Wendy Wang, Wu Shuqing, Xu Tan, Zhao Tao. All research, editing, design, translation and printing takes place in Beijing.
Section sewn binding, 240 pages, 6.5 x 9.5 inches, English/Chinese, Bactagon Projects, 2018.