The big to-do this weekend is Beyond the Bund and Dirty Panda Society's multi-day, multi-media, multi-faceted, multi-multi exhibition show Welcome to Today. Transpiring today, Saturday, and Sunday, the three-day bonanza is a mixed media exhibition and action art demonstration endeavoring to "depicts elements aimed to ignite awareness to natural resource usage and depletion, consumer trends, and societal array." Each day is assuming a thematic topic -- social, environmental, and cutral -- and encompassing performance arts, a/v installations, debates, workshops, and more. Sounds intense. Sounds like they're going to solve the world here.
Here's the schedule:
April 14 Friday: Societal Engagement
5pm Welcome Reception: Concept introduction
7pm Action Art Series
Film Screening: "Let Them Talk" by Trillion Rexford
April 15 Saturday: Discovering Cultural Identities
12pm Dialogue: sessions begins
12pm Eve Samyuktha Thyagarajan (Trending Veganism)
4pm Jonas Merian (Up cycling Today!)
5pm: Fred Farrow (Stories of discovery)
"I wish I were here" by Fred Farrow
"untitled" by Vita
"The invisible man" by Zac
"Silence" by Baiba Rozenfelde and Pauan Soares
1pm: "Dreams" by Akira Kurosawa
3pm: "Samsara" by Ron Fricke
April 16 Sunday: Environmental Cues and Concerns
12pm Dialogue: sessions begin
12pm Alizee Ccm (Zero Waste Shanghai)
4pm Nitin Dani & Anne Ursinus (Green Initiatives)
5pm Estel Vilar (Illumin8tors)
Performance: “Terre Mater” collaboration by Estel Vilar & Daniel Rojas 20mins
Film screening 1.30pm: "Before The Flood" by Fisher Stevens
Sounds kind of bonkers. In a good way. Then again, there's performance art, so maybe it's gonna get cringey. Guess you'll have to check it out to find out!
The other big to-do. Shanghai Fashion Weekend is a three-day immersive fashion and pop culture exhibition with special talks, performances, interactive workshops, pop-up fashion shows, musical events, celebrities from the fashion world, and whatever else. Art meet fashion meets pop and urban culture sort of deal. This one's not actually associated with Shanghai Fashion Week, but could be interesting to check out if you're looking to inject a little randomness into your weekend. 30rmb entry fee for each day. 10.30am to 7.30pm.
View all of SmartShanghai's exhibition listings right here.