Kampnagel Hamburg invited Long March Project to attend the public projects component of the “China Time” art festival. Long March Project participated with two programmes: “Middle Ground：A Nod to Performance Art” and Qiu Zhijie’s “Left/Right”.
“Middle Ground：A Nod to Performance Art” is an experimental workshop on performance art. Led by Lu Jie and Qiu Zhijie, the session started with a re-enactment of A Nod to Performance Art (Long March Collective, 2002), an improvised performance piece that took place in Site 12 of "Long March- A Walking Visual Display", local participants explored the idea of "avant-garde" in the context of Chinese modern and contemporary by way of experimenting with the language of the body. During the session, the group collectively came up with the idea of reverse-walking as both a response and an expression.
The group then walked backwards in synch for three hours in the city, first passing through the exhibition “Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection” at the Hamburger Kunsthalle then circling around Hamburg’s city centre before ending back at the museum.