OCAT:Name, Organizational Structure, Logo and Mission
OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT) is a brand new contemporary art organisation under the umbrella of Shenzhen’s He Xiangning Art Museum, and is significant in being the first such professional institution to be established in association with, and administrated by, a State-owned art museum anywhere in China. Named after OCT, or Overseas Chinese Town, where it is based, OCAT now has its main establishment in Shenzhen and exhibition venues in Beijing and Shanghai. The core mission of OCAT is to integrate resources across the world for contemporary Chinese art, and to promote exchanges and interactions between China and the world in this respect. It aims, through exhibitions, forums and artist-in-residence programme, to construct an institution that is both about Chinese art and with international vision and professionalism. It is committed to function as a hub, a supply centre and a departure point for contemporary Chinese art. Such ideas were in its conception at the very outset and the concept of being an ‘international terminal’ for contemporary Chinese art was made evident in its name.
OCAT is dedicated to producing projects and events pivoted on visual art, but that also include live arts, music performances, film and video, and multimedia presentations. Further, in line with its mission to support and develop the leading edge of contemporary art practice amongst China’s most outstanding and most promising artists, OCAT will serve as a dynamic platform upon which resources and artists from across the world are brought together, and exchanges between China and the world at all levels are enabled.
The Directorial Board is the governing body of OCAT. It comprises:
Chair: Ren Kelei
Vice Chair: Chen Jian, Le Zhangwei
General Secretary: Luan Qian
The Artistic Board of He Xiangning Art Museum provides academic advice to both the Museum and OCAT. The members include prominent art critics, curators, artists and museum professionals in contemporary Chinese art across the world. Members of the first Board are:
Chair: Wu Hung
Secretary: Feng Boyi
Members: Wu Hung, Xu Jiang, Huang Zhuan, Fei Dawei, Gao Minglu, Fan Di’an, Yi Ying, Le Zhengwei, Zhang Yonghe, Ai Weiwei, Xu Bin, Huang Yongpin, Wang Guangyi, Wang Jianwei, Zhang Peili, Zhu Qingsheng, Karen Smith, Feng Boyi, Yan Shanchun
The staff team is responsible for the routine business of OCAT. They are:
Director: Huang Zhuan
Members: Fang Lihua, Li Yusha, Chen Yuehua, Zhen Wensheng,
Li Rongwei,Wang Jing
The Logo of OCAT is based on the idea ‘to become an international terminal for contemporary Chinese art’, and the concept of supply centre, hub and departure point. The visual elements of the logo are taken from Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man and a model plane, with the former emblematic of humanity as the core value of the institution, and the latter indicating its contemporary nature. Together, they represent the basic ideas of OCAT as conceived by its founders.
OCAT as a cultural landmark for Shenzhen OCT
OCAT is located in Eastern Industrial Area of Konka Electronic Group in Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen. The Area comprises large group workshops, which were built in 1980s and used to belong to Shahe Industrial Area.
OCAT has indoors space of over 3,000m², comprising areas of different functions such as offices, artist-in-residence studios, exhibition spaces, storeroom, merchandise section and book shop. As a focusing point in the conceived cultural and creative industrial area, OCAT will help regenerate the community by attracting feature restaurants, book shops, fashion boutiques, design studios, galleries and cafés. The establishment of OCAT has made it a new cultural landmark of the Town.