本體社群建構｜Art Community Cultivation：
People pursue and realize dreams. What DAC wants to pursue is a “big dream,” and this big dream is bound to be done by the “people of all kinds” who have “no boundaries” together. Openness, Sharing, and Growth are the core visions that everyone adheres to. Based on this, people from different countries, regions, practice fields, professions, ages with the same ambitions get together to be sincere, which has also contributed to realizing the big dream.
1. 本體社群構建 - 駐留｜Art Community Cultivation — DAIR：
In 2013, Dimensions Art Center was initiated by establishing DAC Artists In Residency (DAIR), linked to the international art and culture community, and established in the local art and culture ecology of Chongqing. By inviting people from all over the world to face the current era of intricate international art and culture, Chongqing’s initial international modernization and local history and culture coexist in the urban-rural integration zone, thus providing local practice and research samples to rethink the logical structure of knowledge and the relationship between art and society, exploring the cultural propositions of the community of the times.
Since the Art Community Cultivation in DAC, DAC Artists In Residency (DAIR) has successfully established a platform for artists, curators, and volunteers. It is expanding its resident cooperation with researchers, designers, writers, and other professionals. The professional field extends from contemporary art to urban planning, agricultural ecology, traditional folk art, community development, literature, technology, and other aspects. By analyzing the interaction logic that adapts to multi-party professionals’ collaboration, the knowledge exchange in multi-party professional fields is realized, and the collaboration of various social identities is mutually consistent. We will create a communication practice environment that combines current times, social publicity, and cross-border experimental communication. Diverse cultures, multi-layered logics, and multi-dimensional perspectives exist simultaneously and space, thinking and acting, growing, and developing together.
2. 本體社群構建 - 策展｜Art Community Cultivation — DECP：
Since its establishment in 2013, Dimensions Art Center has continuously explored working methods rooted in Chinese society with an open attitude and tried to interact with all social sectors and promote a great academic ecology. DAC Artists In Residency (DAIR), which lasted from 2014 to the present, has realized the above ideology very well. After half a year of preparation, we launched the Emerging Curator Program in 2018. The DAC Emerging Curator Program (DECP) includes two parts: “Recruitment of Curators in Residency” and “Emerging Young Curator for Exhibition Practice”.
The “Recruitment of Curators in Residency” was implemented jointly with the DAC Artists In Residency (DAIR) through the open recruitment of the residency platform to attract young curators from home and abroad to reside in and carry out the local on-site practice, to bring a broad vision and unique curatorial work methods to the local art community.
The “Emerging Young Curator for Exhibition Practice” started with the DAC Artists In Residency (DAIR) practice platform. Under the framework of the residency exhibition and social practice, it provides young curators with academic exhibition curation opportunities. In this project, young curators, starting from their academic perspective, take artist-in-residence creations as sample cases, and carry out the planning and practice of exhibitions as “executive curators” or “curators.” Young curators will face different types of artists and art exhibitions, face society and local culture together, conduct cross-field, cross-media, and cross-disciplinary research practice and knowledge accumulation, and then promote their academic theories and social cognition.
As the carrier of the public presentation of art, art exhibitions focus on effectively establishing the context of public communication and the public transformation of art content, to build a bridge between art and the public. Usually, mature curator exhibitors have an independent and complete multi-disciplinary theoretical system and wide-area social field knowledge.
3. 本體社群構建 - 創研｜Art Community Cultivation — DCCR：
十方創研平台設立初衷，是十方藝術中心基於學術研究機構的身份，以社會現場的時代特性為依據，所導出的對於「民間藝術文化研究團體 / 創新人才的支持和孵化平台」。十方提供研究空間與學術支持，為這些處於初期起步階段的群體提供良好的發展條件，營造專業的學術氛圍，進而助力其實現價值，導出符合時代訴求的研究成果及產品，獲得專業和市場的價值認可。創業工坊入駐創研平台，並非一直固定不變，為保持平台的鮮活和持續生長性，我們逐漸形成合理的進出機制，把機會留給最適合且有需求的創業團隊。創研平台發展幾年間，十方為工坊提供工作空間、少量發展金支持，協助創業者完成工商註冊、品牌建立、搭建運營團隊、產品研發等工作支持。除以上支持內容外，十方也會介紹市場業務渠道給初建的工坊，使其建立發展信心，後續主要由工坊獨立運營，並與十方保持文創生態資源互促的發展方式。
The original intention of the DAC Culture Creation and Research Platform (DCCR) is that DAC is based on the experiment of an academic research institution and suit its characteristics of the times in society, which is derived from the “Folk Art Culture Research Group/Creation Talent Support and Incubation Platform.” DAC provides research space and academic support, provides the right development environment for these groups in the initial start-up, creates a professional academic atmosphere, and then helps them realize value, derives research results and products that meet social development. To maintain the platform’s freshness and continuous growth, we have gradually formed reasonable entry and exit standards, giving opportunities to the most suitable and demanding needs. For several years, DAC provided workspace and financial support for the applicant studios and assisted entrepreneurs in completing industrial and commercial registration, branding, building operation teams, product development, and other work support. In addition to the above help, DAC also provides commercial cooperation resources to studios to build confidence in their development. The follow-up development will be mainly operated by the studio independently, and maintain the development mode of resource interoperability with DAC.
Through the platform, DAC attempts to build complementary and symbiotic cooperation between third-party art institutions and private independent research groups to complement the shortcomings of the existing ecological structure of art and culture in China. While truly helping applicant studios to establish a healthy development method, it also realizes the social responsibility of DAC as a third-party, public art institution. We hope that the assisted entrepreneurs can give back to this platform to form a benign cultural and creative industry development model.
4. 顧問社群構建｜Counselor Community Cultivation：
Dimensions Art Center has been committed to finding ways to develop art and culture across fields, media, and disciplines, and interact deeply with society. Therefore, it is necessary to cooperate with experts from all walks of life to open the professional boundaries of various fields and build a platform for arts and culture to engage with society in-depth. The cooperation between art groups and experts in other fields can not only highlight the rich creativity of the working methods of art organizations, but also help them understand and analyze social problems more accurately with the help of other professional background knowledge systems, and create compound and practical solutions to social problems.
5. 志願者團隊構建｜Volunteers Team：
DAC considers the necessity and significance of building a “volunteer team” from the following two perspectives.
Community diversity: From the perspective of work development and content integration, DAC is always trying to balance the relationship between “professional” and “non-professional.” We are still vigilant that the content and value of art should have a “universal value.” So that art can indeed be close to a wide range of public life and effectively change every ordinary person’s daily activities. The perspective of the general public will also bring more vivid energy to artistic practice.
The convergence of private forces: The general public’s participation will provide DAC as a non-profit organization with strong intellectual, professional and human resource to truly realize the situation of “all sectors of society promote and grow together.” Another fact is that DAC is not a specific venue or an institution’s legal person status. DAC is composed of all people who have devoted their efforts and attention.
6. 机构工作團隊｜Team DAC：
Since 2013, we have found that the center’s rapid growth soon surpassed the scope of individual capabilities. However, the center does not generate a “team” on its own. Still, it requires systematic effort construction and continuous optimization, and this process is jointly completed with each member’s participation and decision-making.
In the team-building of private non-enterprise and non-profit organizations such as DAC, there is a core focus, that is: personal self-development and organizational development vision need to be coordinated, which enables team members to have long-term interest and beliefs so that all members will not be overwhelmed by the phased central development dilemma. The physical space in the center and the main body of the legal person are only its flesh. What truly realizes cohesion, adhesion, and growth is the core values of the organization.
In the DAC teamwork, under the premise of the work structure developed at the institutional stage, we strengthen the use of each individual’s strengths, and then cooperate to compensate and offset their respective weaknesses, and unite individual forces in everyday actions.
In the discussion mechanism, DAC staff only differ in the direction of job division, not whether the work is essential or not; there is only a logical level of work docking. Speaking with reason, in the work advancement of DAC, this has increased a lot of communication costs. Still, this cost is the continued vitality and expected growth of the DAC team, which is the most precious.
The DAC team still adheres to “Empathic and Voluntary, Empathic and Voluntary, Symbiotic and Autonomous, Harmonious and Diverse.”