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WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO 

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Poetry comes to museum

Poetry came to Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum for the very first time in 2015. The project was initiated by renowned poet Wang Yin. All the poets invited would read their poems in their original languages with translation on the screen, thus the audience could enjoy not just the literal meaning but the rhythm and rhyme as well. Poets were always paired with musicians who improvised to the reading. Some of the pairs had never met each other before the performances. Wang Yin has so far invited several poets from Norway including Jan Erik Vold. Northing Northing will invite Wang Yin with other Chinese poets to Bergen, and read their poems in Chinese with music by Norwegian musicians. It will be a collaboration project with Litteraturhuset, hopefully in the program of Bergen International literature festival 2020. Tekstallianse and Northing is planning a poetry anthology in connection to this event, which will be published by Kinakaal Forlag and released at the same time.


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GIRL.CN

GIRL.CN is a photo anthology which will be published by Kinakaal Forlag in the autumn 2019. 

It features 74 young Chinese photographers with more than 200 pictures of Chinese girls. The same way Chinese comic books are heavily influenced by Japanese manga, Chinese girls photography is also heavily influenced by Japanese Shashin culture. This book is an attempt to discover the essence of China’s own photography culture, and not to mention, the un-stereotypical images of Chinese girls.

Northing will curate an exhibition fo these Chinese photographers in Norway, and possibly collaborate with other galleries both in Bergen and Oslo, f.eg. Bergen Kjøtt and Melk Gallery. 

The project is a part of China meets Norway in a bookshelf No. 4 - photography focus.


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The Blind Men and the Elephant

Shanghai based artist Xiao Long Hua and Beijing based book design studio 1 and ½ Atelier made a book that everybody would like to touch. The cover changes colour after temperature changes. The book was inspired of two fairytales, which the artist combined into a series of beautiful blueprints. Four blind men wanted to know how an elephant looked like. They touched four different parts of the same elephant and came to four different conclusions, as four shapes. It is exactly how we observe the world, and how many in the western world observe China. It is difficult to create a holistic picture and we jump to the conclusions way too fast, with the tiny little bit we know.  

The Blind Men and the Elephant is the first book of a series on Chinese Chengyu (a kind of idiom which usually consists of four Chinese characters). Kinakaal Forlag will have the honour to publish it in Norway.

Northing will also invite Xiao Longhua and 1 and ½ Atelier to have an exhibition in Bergen. 1 and ½ Atelier will also hold a workshop of traditional Chinese bookbinding.


Stage and landscape

Two photographers created two parallell universes, one in China and one in Norway. In the summer 2020, the two universes will cross each other in Østre Skostredet, Bergen.

The well-established photographer Maleonn has a on-going project since 2011 named My Mobile Photo Studio. He has travelled with this project around to 54 cities in China. In the mobile photo studio, he visualises others’ dreams.

Tonje Birkeland on the other hand created her universe in Bergen by using herself as the model. She created stories and fictional expeditions in her acclaimed project “The Character”.

Already in the end of 2019, Tonje will travel to China to meet Maleon and try to collaborate with him. The results will be presented together with their own projects, in a exhibition tour first in Norway and in China afterwards.

Maleonn will use Spread as his mobile photo studio in Bergen, and make stage and take pictures of the passengers.

The project is a part of China meets Norway in a bookshelf No. 4 - photography focus.


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the daily life of Liang Shan village

It’s a marvellous village not very far from Beijing. Artists and writers who got tired of metropolitan life retired themselves there. They are leading a self-sustainable life with limited income and a lot of fun. Northing would like to present their lifestyle in Bergen, in order to showcase a group of Chinese individuals who are different than any stereotypes westerners have ever known about.


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children's Rhyms from china

Xiong Liang is the leading artist in illustration and children’s book in China. He was one of the runners-up in the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2018. But the book Children's Rhymes from China wasn’t authored but edited by him. The texts are Chinese traditional children’s rhymes, whilst all the illustrations in the book were created by his young students aged from 7 to 14. Northing is planning to invite Xiong Liang to have a workshop for kids in Bergen.


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Bugs’ book

It’s a unique book designed by the world’s most beautiful book winner Zhu Ying Chun, authored by hundreds of bugs in the garden of the designer, in three years. It’s even digitalised and made into a special font. Northing is planning a workshop with all the nordic bugs in Bergen, to translate this book into Norwegian bugs’ language.


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Hai Di and his woodcraft

Hai Di is the best carpenter of his generation in China, yes, the whole China. He kept and developed the old craftsmanship to a whole new level with a subtle combination of accuracy, beauty, and ingenuity. To achieve the same form with different kinds of wood requires different techniques and tolerance levels. But he seems to understand every piece of wood by heart. Northing believes, for a city with deep culture in wood like Bergen, his works are worth an exhibition.


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Klee klee and it’s norlha pop-up store

Klee Klee is a sub-brand of ZucZug, a famous fashion brand from Shanghai. Klee Klee has a special focus on environmental protection, which extended it’s scope from fashion design to minority culture preservation and promotion. Klee Klee means “to slow down” in Tibetan, which shares the same meaning with the sign language used in the logo design. From 2017 Klee Klee started to cooperate with brand with minority cultural background like Norlha from Tibet, to host pop-up stores, which sells not only the products of local ecological materials but cultural products like ethnic music albums and art works as well. Hopefully Klee Klee and Norlha would pop up in Bergen in 2020 through Northing.