‘Being Heard’ is a collaborative initiative by Studio RE+N. This exhibition serves as an experimental exploration of local cultural representation. Employing the methodology of participatory video making, it brings together seven local cultural inheritors from Songyang Old Street in Zhejiang province, China, to create unscripted, documentary-style videos from the perspective of their daily lives. These videos vividly showcase the rich intangible cultural heritage of Songyang Old Street, the practices of skilled artisans, the collective definition of Songyang culture, and the relationships between cultural inheritance practices and their daily lives.
The exhibition is divided into three sections, each presenting a multidimensional dialogue of “us” through the introduction of characters and their voices, Studio RE+N’s practices in Songyang, and immersive video exhibitions.
The exhibition delves into the theoretical aspects of heritage, investigating its everyday significance and the various means of expression. By embracing a participatory approach, it encourages the active involvement of relevant individuals, enabling them to express their viewpoints and engage in cultural practices.
On a practical level, the exhibition employs video production and thoughtful exhibition design to serve as a medium for the interaction between cultural heritage in the videos and everyday life. This interactive approach stimulates both creators and viewers to reflect on the relationship between heritage preservation practices and their daily lives. Through this process, it fosters a meaningful dialogue, promoting mutual understanding and laying a solid foundation for consensus-building regarding heritage preservation practices.