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2005-11-19 11:09:55
Although it afflicts thousands of children all over China, autism is a relatively unknown disorder, not even diagnosable by most doctors.
In Chinese, autism, or guduzheng, translates literally to "lonely disease", and this project sets out from this point to bring autistic children together with artists through a series of workshops, exhibition, and an auction to benefit the Stars & Rain Education Institute for Autism in Beijing ( The project is about finding a common place amidst the commonplace. It is about questioning the spaces that we inhabit in society and the possibility for investigating new forms of communication and exchange between people. About you and me and everything in between. The project has aimed to take artists out of their studios, out of 798, and ask the ability of art to communicate in a wholly different context. Workshops have brought artists such as the Gao Brothers, Anouchka van Driel (NL), Lu Fei Fei and Huang Wen Ya together with the students of Stars & Rain, and contributions have been made by many others, including Ma Han, Duan Ying Mei (DE/CN) and Bai Yi Luo.

All the works will come together in an exhibition to open on Friday, 25 November, from 15.00 to 20.00 at the ICEbox Cultural Center, part of the Beijing City International School. Everything is up for auction on e-bay from the 23rd of November until December 10rd, with proceeds to benefit the autistic children of the Stars & Rain Institute. Curated by Cui Kai Xuan and Elaine Ho.

To see the works up for auction from the 23rd, go to: and look for Stars & Rain.

ICEbox Cultural Center at Beijing City International School
No.77 Baiziwan Nan Er Road, Beijing 100022, P.R.China (nearest to Dawanglu subway)
Tel: +8610 87717171 x1012
Fax: +8610 8771 7778

"commonplace" runs from 25 November to 11 December at ICEbox Cultural Center. For more information about the exhibition, please contact 13718556089. 
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