“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


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)


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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