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b. 1971, works and lives in Shanghai
multi-channel film
7-channel video installation, 35mm b&w film transferred to HD music:Jin Wang
10 minutes 37 seconds
Edition of 6 + 1AP

“The Fifth Night” is a video installation composed of seven synchronized projections. The videos feature old Shanghai scenes, as a large décor with carriages, rickshaws and vintage cars. In the middle of the scene a stage has been built, a few jars with fishes have been placed on a table and a tramway is being frenetically repaired, illuminating the place. Vague views of people without any relationship are shown, anxious, hesitating men and women here and there attend to their own duties, a scene’s foreground can become next scene’s background; a shot is wide and narrative, while the other depicts some characters, this long screen of seven projections has more relief than if it was in 3D, and is more complete. Facing seven cameras, actors’ expressions in each objective and shot are uncontrollable; this kind of randomness presents a certain subtle and unpredictable aesthetic.

The idea behind this work came from a reflection on film production, and a new filming method was used for this video installation: seven projections, going far beyond our visual field and habits, Yang Fudong calls it “multiple views film”. The most important in the production of this work was the inspiration of the actors, as well as viewers’ feelings of the space, the artist unified this work by maneuvering its inner and external feelings.

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Related Exhibitions:
Dialog of tradition, spaces and times, Krasnoyarsk Museum Centre, Krasnoyarsk, Russia 11.05, 2016 -01.21, 2017
Yang Fudong: Filmscapes, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand 09.25, 2015 -01.25, 2016
Twin Tracks: Yang Fudong Solo Exhibition, Yuz Museum, Shanghai 08.27, 2015 -11.15, 2015
Yang Fudong: Filmscapes, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, Australia 12.04, 2014 -03.15, 2015
Mise-en-scene, LEEUM, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea 03.28, 2013 -06.02, 2013
Expanded Cinema: Isaac Julien, Fiona Tan, Yang Fudong, Eye Film Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 09.28, 2012 -12.02, 2012
Yang Fudong - The Fifth Night, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 05.12, 2012 -09.03, 2012
Yang Fudong, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, USA 03.28, 2012 -04.28, 2012
One World Exposition / Fifth Night, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong 12.11, 2011 -01.08, 2012
One Half of August, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, U.K. 09.13, 2011 -11.06, 2011
Yang Fudong, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France 02.26, 2011 -04.02, 2011
Useful Life 2010, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 09.10, 2010 -11.15, 2010

Yuz Foundation

Related Texts:
An Interview on The Nightman Cometh , Li Zhenhua TEXT 2012-03-10
The Fifth Night II (Rehearsal) - Shanghai Biennale 2010 TEXT 2013

Related Publication:
Twin Tracks: Yang Fudong
Ctrl+N: Non-linear Practice 2012 Gwangju Biennial special exhibition

Related Works:
The Fifth Night (II) Rehearsal


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