Sponge Gourd Collective
When Will Today Be Reopened? (2018)
丝瓜集团 (Sponge Gourd Collective) investigates urban transformation to explore Chinese futurities. We develop multimedia projects that broaden popular conceptions of China, to leave more room for the blurry spaces in between.
Outside the Palace of Heavenly Purity (2018) Works shown: Zheng Bo, Jen Liu
EST (Eastern Standard Time) is a research collective co-founded by Celine Wong Katzman, Son Kit, and Diane Zhou. EST questions the Western imaginary of Asia as a monolithic entity. While overly-expansive, orientalist definitions make it impossible to ascribe cultural, political, or geographical unity to Asia, EST is interested in its potential as a call to organize across a spectrum of experience. EST is based in New York, NY and Providence, RI. Recently, EST curated Outside the Palace of Heavenly Purity at Bitforms Gallery and Five Contortions at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Providence RI.
Zodiac Cafe is an online collaboration with writer Lio Min centering around the 12 signs of the Eastern Zodiac. We use the traits associated with each animal as a starting point for each piece.
Comic Practice was an ongoing project with writer Lio Min where we would give each other prompts of either comic/image or writing, and respond to each other. We don’t update it anymore but you can still look at it.