Yang Fudong Beyond GOD and Evil - First Chapter 2018 - 2019 16-channel colour video, immersive spatial installation Site-specific sound: Wang Wenwei
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"The Painted Screen: Past and Future" curated by Wu Hong exhibited at the Suzhou Museum from 6 Sept. to 6 Dec. 2019. Themed with "fine screens", this exhibition showcased several ancient artefacts, including paintings, stone carvings and Ming & Qing handicrafts, loaned from the national and international museums. Meanwhile, the exhibition also collaborates with nine contemporary artists in China to present individual characteristic artistic creations under the same theme. As one of the participating artists, Yang Fudong presents his latest immersive spatial multi-video installation work, Beyond GOD and Evil - First Chapter.
Beyond GOD and Evil - First Chapter runs through three independent historical architectures in Nanmu Hall of Zhong Wang Fu Palace complex of Suzhou Museum with multichannel video installation. The moving images fluctuate in each space, resonate with the specially placed traditional wallpaper.
Yang ingeniously suspends a coloured glass ceiling above the patio which connected the south and north buildings of Nanmu hall. Moreover, a newly composed sound is lingering inside the unique site-specific installation. The artist embraces the historical background and the distinctive architectures experimentally accommodate the contemporary video installation among ancient architectural complex. Unifying the perspectives of culture, history and art from a different time, the complete set of work showcases the impact and harmony visually and audibly for public viewers. Yang Fudong adopts the western philosopher Nietzsche’s three-hundred quotations as the lines in the film. The title of the work Beyond GOD and Evil is also originally from one of Nietzsche’s eponymous classics. This exhibition presents the selected multichannel colour videos from the 36-channel “Dawn Breaking Dailies” of “Dawn Breaking - A Museum Film Project”.
Yang Fudong finished the shooting of “Dawn Breaking - A Museum Film Project” in Long Museum (Westbund) Shanghai in 2018. He unfolds the process of filming as the presentation of the exhibition and the original artwork in the museum. He endeavours to break the way we see films and exhibitions as well as relations between artist and audience. The project will be continuously developing. The process is the film.