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Yam Lau+ Michael Yuen
Donkey Institute of Contemporary Art (DICA)

DICA Manifesto
 

The Donkey Institute of Contemporary Art (DICA) is an initiative dedicated to supporting experimental contemporary art on the back of a donkey. Established in the Beijing summer of 2009, DICA demonstrates a donkey’s spirit of steadfast oblivion. The DICA and the donkey counter all forms of calculated intelligence, promotion and profit making within the market place of contemporary art. They do so with the slowest possible speed, the most idle tactics and wandering work ethics.

Obstinate, dumb and proceeding on blind faith, DICA meanders throughout cities to meet its potential audience, whoever that might be. Yet, DICA makes no claim or appeal for recognition in these encounters.  The institute lives by the charm and rhythm that is unique to the donkey’s soul. In this sense, DICA is the most inhuman and radical fulfillment of the avant-garde.  It posits an almost complete sort of “standing-still” that refuses to concede to anything.



驢子當代藝術協會宣言


驢子當代藝術協會致力於在驢背上為當代實驗藝術提供支援。此協會於2009年在北京成立,宣導驢子所具備的一成不變的遺忘精神。協會及其驢子採用盡可能慢的速率、以最為懶散的策略以及游離不定工作規則來反對在當代藝術市場中的各種形式的蓄謀、促銷及盈利行為。
帶著倔強、木訥以及盲目的信仰, 驢子當代藝術協會穿梭於城市之間,去邂逅其潛在的觀眾,不管其觀眾為何人。然而,協會並非要尋求邂逅者們的認可,它所賴以生存的魅力與韻律是驢子靈魂中所獨有的。從這個意義上來說,協會卻是最野蠻與激進的先鋒派。它幾乎是在用一種“原地踏步”的方式來拒絕任何讓步。


Yam Lau
Michael Yuen


Recent activities and remarks
Between the summers of 2009 and 2010, DICA has initiated a range of activities.  These include over 15 outings/exhibitions and lectures in Beijing and Europe. It has presented contemporary video works and artists’ publications on specially designed monitors and display/storage units mounted on the donkey, supported other artists’ initiatives, supplied free beer on the street…

Given the current geo-political conflicts between a rapidly expanding Beijing and its surrounding rural areas, the donkey is regarded by urban dwellers as an unpleasant reminder of China’s rural past.  DICA epitomizes the class and social conflicts between urban and rural Beijing. Its meandering into “prohibited” urban zones and its ability to spontaneously draw crowds has solicited “visits” and censorship from authorities. Hence, DICA is both a site of contestation and recognition.

DICA website
http://www.donkeyinstitute.net/
DICA contact in Canada
yamlau@yahoo.com

Some discussions and images on DICA

http://blog.escdotdot.com/2010/07/22/photos-from-donkey-institute-of-contemporary-art/
http://www.homeshopbeijing.org/blog/?tag=donkey
https://imagineaustralia.net/en/events/visual-arts/donkey-institute-of-contemporary-art/

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