Wang Jianwei, Dilemma – Three Way Fork in the Road, Video, Color, Sound, 10’00”, 2007

I want to try to build such a “stage”, where all the individual performers have multiple aspects, including the visible and the invisible, the real and the hypothetical. These bodies are at the same time physical proofs of the real world and symbols that connect all kinds of desires. They are signs of a certain period of history but also void of any specific historical meaning.
Do they exist between imagination and ambiguity? They maintain a relative synchronization within different orders; they are introspective presences in public space; they share the same space but ignore each other. This is a stage filled with normality and abnormality. It is my experiment with video, and my understanding of the world that I live in.

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Zhang Peili, Assignment No.1

《作业一号》展示常规化验血样採集的影像:以消毒无脂棉球擦拭手指、用採血锥扎破手指、出血、玻璃吸管採血、用消毒棉花擦去手指上的血迹、挤压手指使其再次出血、用吸管採血。如此重复数次,最后将吸管内的血滴在玻璃片上,刮片。作品的影像均以慢速播放。这个有严格流程的纪录片让我们联想到人体控制的技术。一如张培力同时期的其他作品,《作业一号》让观众质疑作品所记录的严格流程,实际来自种种经编制的身体操控技术,把原本让人不适的过程转换为例行公事甚至沉闷的步骤。

Zhang Qing, Taxi Samba, Video, Color, Sound, 6’00”, Nanjing (2003) / Germany (2005)

Back in 2003, ZHANG Qing performed Taxi Samba for the very first time in Re-turn NatureII: Pastoral in Nanjing, where ten taxies were designed to wait on two lines like ballroom dancing. Accompanied by sharp noise, they started and braked violently to dance a “taxi samba” when viewers were allowed to experi-ence hazard within safety distance as they walked among the thrilling and overwhelming performance.

Tao Hui, The Dusk of Teheran, Colours And Sound Single Channel Video, 4′ 14”, 2014

Ma Qiusha’s From No.4 Pingyuanli to No.4 Tianqiaobeili and Tao Hui’s The Dusk of Teheran are both performances captured by a single camera lens, and both of which have strung together the stories of a lifetime through a single-channel video. Among the younger generation of contemporary Chinese artists, video art has become the mainstream, but those who have adopted this medium to manifest their personal perspectives are still few. “Art for the sake of life” is another classic expression for this kind of personal expression, not only is it part of the modern Chinese art, but also a core component in ancient art and literature, that the concerns of life of an individual as an “analogy” for society and history, this is how new artistic medium or genre grow their roots in existing Chinese experiences.

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