July 31

Waylosing London


August 13

Allenheads Contemporary Arts As Above so Below Performance


September 02

China Quick-Fix Birmingham Pecha-Kucha


September 6

China Quick-Fix (Talk/show with Q&A) Marlborough Theatre Brighton


October 21-24

Talk/performance Parabiosis Chongqing Museum of Contemporary Art






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





Way-losing


Aitchison will lead a group on a Way-losing tour around London, the purpose of the tour being to better understand and appreciate the poetics of getting lost. This tour will involve significant walking as well as discussion. Stops will be included. Due to the nature of the tour, the route is completely open as one of its objectives is to get everybody as lost as possible.




Reservation: by email




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 publication Performing Mobilities (free to download) covering the gallery programme and symposium at RMIT Gallery Melbourne features critical of writing on The Tour of All Tours:


“Bill Aitchison’s The Tour of All Tours offers an inside view of how cities – in this case, Melbourne – are subjects of inside views presented by various other tours. The Tour of All Tours does not present an ‘authentic’ view of Melbourne or of other cities, nor a critique of such views, but instead offers a view of how tours produce cities as the object of what Aitchison terms ‘the tourist gaze’.”




As Above So Below


Aitchison has been working as an artist in residence with Allenheads Contemporary Arts to create a newly commissioned performance. The new work ‘Stuck in the Middle With You’ which looks at connectivity and globalisation in a small rural village in Northumberland, will be shown on August the 13th, the first day of the Grouse Shoot, a very important part of the Allenheads calendar.  






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 from Shanghai.