microResidency#61 Xu Mengxiang

“Social Brain”, by Xu Mengxiang. 4 Faces microResidencies Exhibition at Four-Face Space Art Center. Luodai, Chengdu.

Friday 4th July 2014. 3-5 pm.

Xu Mengxiang’s microResidency was carried out in parallel with other four microResidencies. It’s part of the Project 4 Faces microResidencies Exhibition, which took place at Four-Face Space Art Center of Luodai, Chengdu (China) from 4th to 6th July 2014.

Resulting artwork is part of an exhibition at the space quoted, that will be opened from 13th July to 26th August 2014

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Proposal (text sent by the artist)*:

“My Thoughts: Self perceive, the way I think in mind and thoughts.

Achieve the freedom of self-awareness.

Build a space shaped like pyramid, made by books ,CDs ,guitar, painting brushes, skateboard , baseball bat, football, just things can show my spiritual belief. Put a ‘brain’ on the top of the pyramid, representative thoughts. The whole pyramid means something that we really need to think about whether to own in our life.

After the process above, my classmates will lock me in a cage on the corner (right across the pyramid.) And set fence, iron gauze, outside the cage. Surround me with those things above. And put headphones, money, and crown into the cage. It means people are surrounded by an unhealthy information and environment.

In the rest times I will stay in the cage, performance to be shocked and scared. Audiences will interrupt me all the time, my time and energy will be taken by them.

I want to express a situation that most people are brainwashed, it’s a tragedy of life.

I want to make people to thinking about the way we exist, and the thinking about life and living.

Materials: cage, iron gauze, fence, brain(can be bought on the market) ,a tall table or pillar, books, CDs, guitar, painting brushes, skateboard, baseball bat, basketball ,football, headphones, money (may be not only these things).”

microresidencia#61 Xu Mengxiang from espacio islandia on Vimeo.

(Pictures: Eric Yang / Miguel Guzmán)

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4 Faces microResidencies Exhibition is a project organized by Espacio Islandia, Four-Face Space Art Center, teachers and students of the Fine Arts College of Sichuan University. It is supported by the Spanish Embassy in Beijing, Instituto Cervantes in Chongqing, Chengdu Longquanyi Distrit of C.P.C., Culture, Sports and Tourism Bureau of Longquanyi District in Chengdu.

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*Original text:

提出思考:对自我的认知,整个意识思想精神方面的思考方式,体会,

感受状态,实现自我意识的“自由”。

首先在这个空间的一边搭一个像金字塔一样形状的东西由书本CD

吉他画笔滑板棒球棒足球等代表一种类似精神信仰的物品堆起

来,在“金字塔”的顶端放上一颗脑花,代表思想。整个金字塔代

表着我们应该去思考着对完整我们的人生有意义的东西。

搭完后,请几个同学在整个空间的另一边(金字塔的对面)的角落里,

将我用笼子关起来再围上栅栏铁丝网禁戒线等东西,总之就是将

我层层围住,围起来之后,在笼子里放入手机钱皇冠等代表现在

人们背包围在一种不健康的金钱名利大量无用的信息的环境中。

在余下的时间中,我就一直在笼子里,做出一种恐惧的想要挣脱的状

态,并请现场的观众不断的与我讲话不断的打扰我,让我的时间和

精力全部被他们占用。

整个过程我想表现出一种现在的大多数人被洗脑生活的悲哀状态,

以此能够让一些观众警醒,能够开始进行一种对自我存在的思考,对

人生,对生活的思考。

材料:(以下材料需要专门准备)笼子铁丝网栅栏大脑(市场上能

买到的那种)一个高一点的桌子或是柱子(放大脑用的),

(以下材料我家有带过去就行)书,CD,吉他,画笔,滑板,

棒球棍,篮球,足球,手机,钱(不一定只是这些,会有变化)

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