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b. 1968, works and lives in Shanghai
single-channel video
sound by B6 and IZ, 16:9,DV cam
95 minutes
Edition of 5

Lu Chunsheng’s highly distinctive feature length film “History of Chemistry II” is staged in vacant spaces where the protagonists seem lost or detached from reality, wandering around like somnambulant sleep-walkers. Correspondingly, the most significant aspect of the film is its absence of any clear narrative, instead the film is structured around repetition: In Beckett-like absurd scenes we witness the characters repeating actions that make no obvious sense. The performances are perfectly synchronized to the sound score composed by B6. The film’s odd charisma clearly plays homage to the surrealist works of Fellini and Bunuel.

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Related Exhibitions:
Universo Video, LABoral, Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Asturias, Spain 04.15, 2011 -06.24, 2011
Shanghai Kino, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland 05.30, 2009 -07.19, 2009
Generations, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 12.23, 2008 -02.24, 2009
The Materialists are All Asleep, The Red Mansion Foundation, London, U.K. 02.06, 2008 -04.20, 2008
China Power Station: Part II, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway 09.08, 2007 -12.02, 2007
10th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey 09.08, 2007 -11.04, 2007

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art

Related Texts:
History of Chemistry II TEXT 2008

Related Works:
Script of “History of Chemistry 2 Excessively Restrained Mountaineering Enthusiasts”


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