Beijing in autumn is like a dream in which we are still teenagers. All colours return shortly to the city before the arrival of the sudden cold front, which was apparently delayed this year.
Bentu One was a new space in a basement with huge skylight which provided sufficient daylight to the exhibition area. The grey colour of the cement walls, bar counters, chairs, and other furnitures composed a moderate stage for the books. We utilised all five projectors the space has and the moving images around the exhibition gave an otherwise static book show some special energy of liveliness.
Before the official opening in the evening, Northing was interviewed by Ifeng.art, a mainstream online art magazine under Phoenix Television. The hostess was seemingly not prepared for this kind of artists’ books and looked a bit perplexed when she first entered. But after hearing the stories the books bore with them, her eyes started twinkling.
Thanks to a rather prompt media coverage, there were much more visitors than we prepared us for. Fortunately all of them respected and treasured the relatively expensive books on display and treated them with great tenderness.