March 31 - April 04

The Emancipated Tourist (talk) Inheriting The City Taipei


May 28

The Good Person of Sichuan Xiamen University Xiang’an Campus


May 29

The Good Person of Sichuan Xiamen University Siming Campus


June 6-15

The Tour of All Tours Xintiandi Fringe Festival Shanghai


July 09

The Tour of All Tours Xiamen (work in progress)


July 30

Waylosing London


August

Expanded Tourism 102


August 12-13

Allenheads Contemporary Arts As Above so Below Performance





China Quick Fix


This talk explores the phenomenon of the ‘quick-fixes’ that can be seen widely on the streets and in homes across China. These seemingly spontaneous and insignificant quick- fixes, when viewed as a whole, offer a unique way of viewing contemporary Chinese society itself. This talk introduces and explores some of the sizable photographic archive of quick-fixes Aitchison has collected and in doing so jumps across fields connecting documentary photography to craft techniques, generational politics, decision making processes, the status of public space, wealth distribution and recycling, to name but a few of the directions it shoots out in. It provides a ground level view of China during its current period of rapid urbanisation and modernisation and considers the quick-fix as the contemporary Chinese modus operandi. Rather than seeing them as a negative thing, however, this body of work communicates some of the creativity that can be found in quick-fixes, whilst not forgetting the reasons that require them in the first place.

China Quick Fix Blog


China Quick-fix has been previously exhibited as a solo show at Nothing Gallery and a publication is forthcoming.


Gallery 202 Salvage. Restore Repair. (group show) Online






The Tour of All Tours


The Tour of All Tours sees Aitchison assume the role of conceptual tour guide offering a guided tour of guided tours: a critical and sideways tour of the tourism industry itself and of all the varied forms of tours on offer in any given location.


Aitchison reforms the guided tour into an engaging and truly unique medium for art”

Full article: Time Out Beijing.




The London Tour of All Tours video. Also on Youku


The next tour performance is currently being researched and rehearsed in the fashionable  Shanghai neighbourhood of Xintiandi. The tour will not be about designer shopping and over-priced coffee, however. This performance will take in China’s most populous city as a whole and compare how it would like to present itself with how it actually welcomes the visitor.


A second tour performance is also currently being researched in Xiamen, one of China’s most popular tourist destinations. The progress can be seen on the project blog which features a number of reviews of tours in and around the city.





The Good Person of Sichuan


Bill Aitchison is currently directing a large-scale production of Brecht’s play performed by students of Xiamen University.





Expanded Tourism 102


Following a very enjoyable and successful Expanded Tourism 101 week in Tenerife during July 2015 there will be another 5-day creative reinvention of tourism next Summer. 


Dates and destination are yet to be confirmed but you can register your interest via the CONTACT page to be sure of being the first to know.






Publishing


The Emancipated Tourist a paper on the subject of reimagining tourism through art is currently available to view and comment upon.


The Tour of All Tours blog remains very active with a number of recent reviews of Australian, Taiwanese and Chinese tours.