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LI RAN 李然
b. 1986, works and lives in Shanghai

LI RAN 李然
2012
Multi-channel video
Dual-channel HD Video Installation, Color Print Photos
| EACH 33 minutes 9 seconds | EACH 4 minutes 8 seconds
LR_6244

I come to realize that most conversation and communication concerning art creation are conducted in a somewhat disconnected and dislocated context. Effective sharing and communication can hardly be achieved. As a result, our creation has to undergo constant simplification and “de-content” forcing us into a extreme expression.

The title of my work, “I Want to Talk to You, But Not to All of You”, sheds light on my feelings and perception of the reality of this industry. I had a private dialogue with Biljana Ciric, curator of Alternatives to Ritual, while preparing this work for the exhibition. During the dialogue, we showed each other the photos and documents we were going to present in the exhibition, and shared, despite all the difficulties, the dilemma we face during our work. I video recorded this conversation.

I excerpted a part of it, did some re-editing, making it into a simplified version featuring a conversation between a man with mental problems and his psychiatrist who tends to solve his problems through a bunch of medical terms. In this re-edited version, words such as “spirit”, “hallucination”, “reality” and “fantasy” are constantly mentioned.

Detail pictures:

Still
Installation View

Related Exhibitions:
Difference Engine Magician Space, Beijing 11.09, 2013 -12.22, 2013
Alternatives to Ritual OCT Contemporary Art Terminal(OCAT ShenZhen), ShenZhen 01.26, 2013 -03.26, 2013
I Want To Talk To You, But Not All Of You Goethe Open Space, Shanghai 12.07, 2012 -01.12, 2013



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