The 14th Factory closed its LA chapter on July 30, 2017.
The project first opened to public on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Due to an overwhelming response from the City of Los Angeles, it extended its run multiple times. Since its opening, over a span of 4.5 months, the project has had an attendance of over 80,000. Thank you Los Angeles!
The 14th Factory LA was a monumental, multiple-media, socially engaged art installation conceived by the Hong Kong-based British artist Simon Birch. Taking over three acres of an empty industrial warehouse and lot on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, the location was transformed into a factory where Birch and his 20 creative collaborators worked and manufactured their art, creating an ever-changing immersive environment of 14 interlinked spaces comprised of video, installation, sculpture, paintings and performance.
In entering The 14th Factory, the visitor was transformed into a central player in a collaboratively fabricated adventure and motion picture that engages and unfolds, uniting individuals to the creative process and to each other. The experience challenged the current political climate by celebrating creative diversity, unity and the act of overcoming obstacles and challenges as a global society.
This underlying theme informed the work of collaborating artists, which included Beijing multimedia and performance artist Cang Xin; Hong Kong-based filmmaker Wing Shya; photographer and graphic designer Stanley Wong (anothermountainman); ceramic artist Sara Tse; New York composer Gary Gunn; UK video artists Scott Carthy and Doug Foster; British punk rockers Penny Rimbaud of the band Crass; Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys and Pauline Black of The Selector, who appear in paintings by Birch and in interviews within the project.
The complete list of collaborators, which formed a global community of interdisciplinary artists from China, Hong Kong, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, include: Simon Birch, Cang Xin, Devin Liston, Dominique Fung, Doug Foster, Eric Hu, Gary Gunn, Gloria Yu, Li Wei, Lily Kwong, Movana Chen, Paul Kember, Penny Rimbaud, Peter Yuill, Prodip Leung, Sara Tse, Scott Carthy, Scott Sporleder, Stanley Wong, Wing Shya, Yang Zhichao.
Learn more about The 14th Factory LA and its various artworks here.