FLUIDS provides curatorial support for private and public collections, conducts art historical and market research, and publishes the periodical FLUIDS PRESS that is committed to promoting emergent ideas around contemporary art, literature, art criticism and theory. We work with artists, galleries, writers and intellectuals to produce cultural ideas and critical content through exhibitions, publications, and debate.
Our name is taken from the title of a 1967 Happening by American artist Allan Kaprow (1927-2006). His Fluids consisted of around twenty large rectangular enclosure-structures made entirely from blocks of ice, placed at various public sites in Pasadena and Los Angeles. After working tirelessly to assemble these structures, measuring 30x10x8 feet, participants watched the product of their collective labor melt. Kaprow’s Happening reflects the instrumentality, speed, and obsolescence of capitalist labor and questions the institutional conditions of artistic production.
Aita lives in Zurich and Hong Kong, advising private and public collections on contemporary and modern art. Before co-founding FLUIDS, Aita was based in Taipei as Asia Representative for Karma International, Zurich & LA, where she liaised with artists, private collectors and institutions in addition to supporting the gallery at Art Basel, Fiac, and Frieze. Aita has also been advising the Burger Collection HK on new acquisitions of emerging positions and worked as gallery associate at Urs Meile Beijing, establishing her expertise in China’s art market and its contemporary cultural scene. She managed the gallery’s Artist-in-Residency programme and assisted with the conceptualization and production of exhibitions. Aita is fluent in Mandarin, Italian, Romansh, English and German.
Co-Founder, Content & Research
In addition to his role as head of content and research at FLUIDS, Johannes is leading researcher at the Marcel Duchamp Collection and Archive of Hong Kong’s new M+ Museum. He received his BA and MPhil in Art History and Philosophy from Hong Kong University and currently writes his PhD dissertation in Political Theory at Cambridge University. Part of his doctoral research focuses on the history of political ideas in modern China. Before his academic career, Johannes lived both in Paris, where he ran the project space Don’t Projects, and in Düsseldorf, working as associate director for German gallerist Christa Schübbe. Early on in 2010, he worked as studio assistant to the late German painter Christian Schoeler. Johannes regularly publishes on topics of art, aesthetics, and political theory.
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