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XU ZHEN® 徐震®
b. 2013, works and lives in Shanghai
XU ZHEN® 徐震®
2011 ~ 2013
Wood, C-Print, plexiglass, glass

Physique of Consciousness Museum is the first museum dedicated to human thinking, action and body language. It relates to multiple disciplines, including anthropology, history, religion, sociology, psychology, ergonomics and other studies. Physique of Consciousness Museum established in 2013, by MadeIn Company, is the most active research organization in the Chinese contemporary art field, Ms. Alexia Dehaene was appointed as the first director of the museum.

The concept of Physique of Consciousness Museum originates from the 2011 creation, Physique of Consciousness. It is the first cultural fitness exercise ever made, initiated by MadeIn Company. It comprises movements derived from dance, gymnastics, spiritual and cultural rituals. The whole series is composed of more than two hundreds steps and moves inspired from a hundred ceremonies, worships and traditions accumulated through the History of Humanity. It combines physical and spiritual virtues, enhancing body conditions and well-being, and further extends researches on world physical and spiritual practices. Researches and analysis of each posture and movement (more than a hundred) and their origins, signification, have been pursued since 2011. Since then the museum collection has gathered more than 20,000 entries, over 40,000 images and related texts on numerous religions and cultures, from ancient Chinese mythology to ancient Rome, from ancient Egyptian art to medieval sculpture, from contemporary art to cultural, social and political movements. This wide scope and multi-disciplinary study constitutes one major project in modern and contemporary cultural researches.

Physique of Consciousness Museum presents each movement, posture’s religious background, their meanings in their original context and related artifacts’ images. It explores the nature and source of our ideologies by creating parallels between our social, religious and political beliefs. Physique of Consciousness Museum challenges our observing habits as well as understanding of the world, offering a new perspective on humankind’s spiritual heritage.

Detail pictures:

Biennale de Lyon 2013 © Blaise Adilon

Related Exhibitions:
La Biennale de Lyon 2013, Lyon, France 09.12, 2013 -01.05, 2014

Related Publication:
12e Biennale de Lyon


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