“Dispelling the property”, by Pan Mengyi. 4 Faces microResidencies Exhibition at Four-Face Space Art Center. Luodai, Chengdu.

Sunday 6th July 2014. 3-5 pm.

Pan Mengyi’s microResidency was carried out in parallel with other three microResidencies. It’s part of the Project 4 Faces microResidencies Exhibition, which took place at Four-Face Space Art Center of Luodai, Chengdu (China) from 4th to 6th July 2014.

Resulting artwork is part of an exhibition at the space quoted, that will be opened from 13th July to 26th August 2014


Proposal (text sent by the artist)*:

“Meaning : I used a way of thinking whether the objects are ‘useful or not ‘, and planed an action of ‘dispelling the significance’, making a transform about ‘useless’ in the process of packaging the scrap, then make a false appearance of ‘useful’. I think people who watch this will understand something I want to express. The key point is how to make my work step by step, and the sense of form.


1 Gather something we called ‘waste’, small, like little hammer, machine parts, zip-top can, and so on. The premise is they are all metal (metal has the property of mechanical, industrial, and certain texture and feel of making), and they must be unique in shape and texture. The number of them is around 30.

2 Little vacuum pump (used for compressing clothes), capper (or candles, iron ruler), transparent plastic packaging bags, about 30.(just the packaging bags used for foods)

3 Polaroid.

4 Self-making video, be similar to the ideogenetic video, objects I gathered will be one of the leading role in what I will shoot. My thought is to make objects I gather to be more image, story board.

For instance, what I gathered representatives ‘useless’, or ‘waste things with aggressiveness’, the way of packaging the waste is actually a process to making ‘useful’, it seems that the ‘useless’ is clearing up, but in fact the whole process is a false appearance that people give to it. But the most interesting part too. The duration is about 5 to 8 minutes.

5 Projector, screen, loudspeaker box


1 Playing the video, at the same time I will make the vacuum packaging.

2 After the packages are done, I will take some pics by Polaroid, as a part of my work.

3 Selling my work of art to the audiences, in very low price,( make price tags in advance, 5 to 15 Yuan). Selling is just a form, it’s a part of dispelling the property), the true meaning is to make people’s participation. People buy my work of art will take pics with a board, it says ‘Deal’.”

(Pictures: Eric Yang / Carmen Soriano / Miguel Guzmán)


4 Faces microResidencies Exhibition is a project organized by Espacio Islandia, Four-Face Space Art Center, teachers and students of the Fine Arts College of Sichuan University. It is supported by the Spanish Embassy in Beijing, Instituto Cervantes in Chongqing, Chengdu Longquanyi Distrit of C.P.C., Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau of Longquanyi District in Chengdu.


*Original text:







1. 到废品站收集人们称之为“破铜烂铁”的物品, 小件,比如小钉



定质感且造型独特等。收集的数量在20 个左右。

2. 抽真空用的汞(自备)、塑料袋封口机(或蜡烛、铁尺) 、20 个

左右的透明塑料包装袋( 就是常见的食品真空包装袋)。

3. 拍立得

4. 自制影像,类似于观念性的影像制作,收集的素材是拍摄主角之


集的金属代表“ 无用”,或者是“ 有攻击性的废品”,将废品包装

起来的过程实际上又是一个贴上“ 有用”标签的过程,看似“ 无



5. 投影仪、屏幕、音箱。






2.在包装基本制作完毕时,用拍立得拍照( 拍立得照片现场可取而


3. 开始向观众出售,价格低廉( 提前制作价格标签,5 元至15 元





尺寸在30*40 的样子,购买的观众请拿着牌子拍照,(拍立得)我觉

得挺有意思( 这一部分不确定是否要被保留,待定)