ASPHALT: Lives and Lines is an interdisciplinary online art project on roads and their social, cultural, political and economic impacts. We have invited artists from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China’s provinces of Xinjiang, Qinghai and Inner Mongolia to reflect artistically on roads: on how they matter to human and animal life; on the care and work they need in order to persist; how they alter and affect their surroundings; how they decay, transform, disintegrate and bleed into the landscape.
This project is initiated together with the researchers from the ROADWORK project (https://roadworkasia.com), based at the Universities of Zurich and Fribourg in Switzerland. The art contributions are presented via virtual means or any other form of artistic expression possible online.
The exhibition is co-funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the University of Zurich.