Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Pipilotti Rist at Guangdong Times Museum in China

Mercy Mercy,Audio video installation,Music by:Heinz Rohrer,留涟 [Gentle Wave In Your Eye Fluid], Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2013,All works courtesy the artist, Hauser & Wirth and Luhring Augustine New York

An excerpt from the announcement on e-flux describes the exhibition as follows:  

"The Guangdong Times Museum is situated on the top floor of a residential tower. Rist has abandoned the lofty, unreachable stance of the art museum, re-envisioning it as a medium for transmitting her spirit to the masses. She has penetrated the substantial space of the art museum, extending her art into the museum garden and into the lives of the museum’s neighbors, creating the outdoor installations Innocent Lanterns. She uses mischievous methods to insert strangeness into the everyday lives of local residents. This “strangeness” is like a mote in your eye, drawing your attention to another side of reality, showing you the danger beneath the glamor.

Rist has also devised the 75-meter-long installation Mercy Mercy especially for Guangdong Times Museum, as well as creating artworks with locally sourced materials, such as Relax Your Eyeball, made with locally collected glass lenses. These artworks are the results of her exploratory visit to Guangzhou last year. Guangdong Times Museum is on the outskirts of Guangzhou, where the city meets the country. It is a microcosm of Chinese urbanization. Through the museum space, Rist has inserted her woven Technicolor world into the complex, contradictory and vibrant Chinese social reality."

Click HERE to visit the museum website.

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