A new multimedia art exhibition, “The 14th Factory,” will debut this April. Hong Kong–based contemporary artist Simon Birch’s first stateside project will unfold at the 102-year-old former J.P. Morgan headquarters at 23 Wall Street.
The project will reimagine 120,000 square feet of space with 15 different sections, each designed by creatives hailing from China, Hong Kong, the U.K. and the U.S., including urban planner Lily Kwong, shaman and performance artist Cang Xin, musician-producer-composer Gary Gunn, and animator and video artist Doug Foster, among others. The exhibit will be free to the public and will run for six weeks.
Gary Gunn, Lily Kwong, Cang Xin
Spanning visual and performance art, architecture, film, fashion, photography and graphic design, the pieces will be naturally linked and overseen by artist-organizer Birch. The exhibit’s title refers to The Thirteen Factories of Canton (Guangzhou), the focal point for Western trade with China in the 18th century. “The 14th Factory” is representative of a “lost or imagined space.”
“The 14th Factory” is the first of a series of public projects presented by The 14th Factory Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3 organization founded by Birch. Its mission is “to create art experiences that are interactive and accessible to people across all ages, backgrounds and demographics.”