Zhou Yan Contemporary Chinese Art Archive 周彦当代中国艺术档案



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TV, audiotape


100cm X 300cm X 100cm


Within this installation at his own home in Beijing, China, “Wang recurrently problematizes an understanding of art that emphasizes the opening up of reality in real time as a tool to critically reflect upon seemingly fixed relations and positions. Reflecting on his own positionality and by doing so, inviting the viewer to participate in this process, he created the site-specific work "The Sky of Brooklyn: Digging a Hole in Beijing" (1995). After having just returned from a longer stay in the USA to Beijing in 1994 he problematized these new spatial and cultural perspectives. In the ground of his traditional courtyard house he dug out a three-meter deep hole. On the ground he placed a TV screen on which he showed recordings of the sky of Brooklyn suggesting that the visitor is able to see through the globe the sky on the other side of the world.” (Hopfener, Birgit. (2012). "‘Embodied Criticality’ in Moving-image Installations by Wang Gongxin and Zhang Peili." Journal of Visual Art Practice 11, no. 2 and 3: 193-208.) (Russ, Hannah ‘18)



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