The Institute for Provocation (IFP) is a Beijing-based workspace and think tank hosting residencies, research projects, workshops and lectures stretching the borders between art, architecture and design.
As a workspace, IFP focuses on the thinking process before or even beyond the actual creation of an artefact: the collection of dramaturgical information, the testing of different architectural scenarios, the summarizing of existing artistic vocabularies and realized projects, experimenting with new media or disciplines, and so on.
Cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural interaction serves as the Institute's main facilitator. Rather than similarities, IFP proposes differences (in culture, in vocabulary, in paradigms, in disciplines) as actual provocations of the research and thinking process of artists, architects and designers.
IFP has been organizing workshops with artists in residence for many years, in schools. museums, theatres and art centers alll over China. (Edwin Zwakman and Ram Katzir in the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Guangdong Museum of Art and Shanghai's Rockbund Museum; Christine De Smedt in the Beijing Dance Academy; Bill Aitchison and Edit Kaldor in the Penghao Theatre; Daniel Aschwanden and Peter Stamer in Shanghai's Zendai MOMA museum, Tudor Bratu in the Wuhan Technical University, Adrian Blackwell/University of Toronto Architecture School in the BeiLab studio, and and so on). From 2012 on, we start with a series of workshops in our very own workspace downtown Beijing.
The IFP sessions are a series of small-scale, dinner-party-like lectures curated by architect Max Gerthel in the IFP workspace in Beijing, with the aim to contribute to the wider discourse on art, architecture and design in China. For each session we invite someone to present their recent work, followed by a talk with other invited guests. Our ambition is to create a forum for artists, researchers and designers based in or visiting China, to share and discuss their work.