The Universe of Naming
Qiu Zhijie

The detailed maps of leading Chinese artist and thinker Qiu Zhijie 邱志杰 redefine our world in a close examination of its actual and conceptual territories. During his residency at Spring Workshop in May 2013, Zhijie re-imagines this terrain with expansive, large-scale maps made of ink and tape. Found objects and engraved spheres of glass, wood and steel are placed throughout, resulting in a landscape of new interrelationships. The maps’ journey began in Rotterdam with Qiu’s exhibition Blueprints (2012) at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art which also featured the Map of Reactivation that served as the artistic statement of the 2012 Shanghai Biennale. (Find his proposal in the Spring Workshop Archive Dropbox.)

Read a Q&A by Zoe Li with the artist here.

Further information: Text on Globes

The exhibition will be open to the public free of charge from May 23 to August 18, 2013.


Exhibition Hours:
May 23 – August 18
12pm to 6pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Open on public holidays

  • DateMay 23 - August 18, 2013
  • PlaceSpring
  • TypeExhibition
  • CostFree


Student Workshop, May 10/11, 2013
Qiu Zhijie will be holding a two-day student workshop in which Hong Kong-based art students will collaborate with the artist and contribute to the installation. Please email us to participate.

Artist Talk, 630pm, May 11, 2013
(Drinks, 6pm)

Qiu Zhijie will give a sneak peek of the installation at Spring and talk about his work-in-progress in conversation with Leung Chi Wo, Jane DeBevoise and Anthony Yung. Please click here to register.

Art Basel Wong Chuk Hang Art Night, 5-11pm, May 23, 2013
Join us for the installation's opening night at Spring. Come visit the vibrant Wong Chuk Hang neighborhood's many galleries. Click here for a gallery list.

'Mapping Your Body' Children's Art Workshop
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 3-5pm [Full]
Sunday, July 14, 2013, 3-5pm [Register here]
Led by art educator and artist Clara Cheung of C&G Artpartment, the 2-hour session is an art workshop that will enable participants aged between 8-12 to connect directly to the exhibition through drawing, collage and mapping.

Age: 8-12
Workshop size: 20
Language: Cantonese & English
*Free shuttle available to/from Admiralty MTR

Public Guided Tours are offered on weekends.
English 2pm, Cantonese 4pm

Guided Tours for School Groups
45-minute tours for primary and secondary school groups may be arranged on weekdays on request. Please click here to register.

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Spring Workshop

3/F Remex Centre
42 Wong Chuk Hang Road
Aberdeen, Hong Kong

Click here for map of Wong Chuk Hang neighbourhood