In the context of Long March Project, “project” refers to a series of core non-exhibition artistic practices. As Long March Project’s function and form incorporates that of scholar, curator and art space, following after the methodology laid down in the inaugural project “Long March – A Walking Visual Display” (2002), each subsequent project chooses prescient issues of discussion whilst adhering to the notion of the inseparability of the present from the historical. Therefore, every Long March Project project takes on a different form specific to the particular context, reflecting back the local historical context by means of display, discussion, creation, projection, action, etc.
Long March – A Walking Visual Display
Taking its title from the Chinese Red Army’s historical Long March from 1934 to 1936, “Long March—A Walking Visual Display” set out in June 2002 to recreate 20 sites along the 6000-mile historical trek, eventually realizing 12 over the span of 4 months, each composed of site-specific displays and discussions. Each iteration of the project featured: commissioned works created on site by artists from China and beyond; contributions from artists they met throughout the period of preparation, working in the varied strands of contemporary art and folk art; screenings and discussions of historical texts; and seminal conferences on visual culture attended by internationally renowned curators and theorists. The project explored the efficacy of a practice founded on marching in generating ideas and conversations.