I’m still reflecting on the video works presented at the “Strange Days: Memories of the Future” , the exhibition curated by Massimiliano Gionni, the artistic director of the New Museum in New York, who brought those film and video installations by twenty-one of today’s most radical image makers to the Store X in London.
Can’t believe his gig was almost two years ago. One of a scarse amount that actually do some things to you…
“Ai Wei Wei became widely known in Britain after his sunflower seeds installation in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2010. This was the first major institutional survey of his work ever held in the UK and bridged over two decades in his extraordinary career. Curated in collaboration with Ai Weiwei from his studio in Beijing, the RA presented some of his most important works from the time he returned to China from the US in 1993 right up to the present day. Among new works created specifically for the RA, there was a number of large scale installations, as well as works showcasing everything from marble to steel to tea ans glass. With typical boldness, the chosen works explored a multitude of challenging themes, drawing on his own experience to comment on creative freedom, censorship and human rights, as well as examining contemporary Chinese art and society.”
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The dying refugees . Every soul is a key to a better world..
“I presented this exhibition in Reykjavik in June 2013, and it consisted of two different
installations, both engaging with sound’s impact in multiple ways, so that people could both feel and create music, by hearing, touching and seeing the sound.
“Last year – in a live show I did with Massive Attack – we tried to evoke this new world. We used a song from the 1980s called “Bela Lugosi’s dead” – which I love because it has a very powerful feel of repetition. The audience were surrounded by 11 twenty-five foot high screens.
I’m not sure how successfully we did it – but what I was trying to show is how your past is continually being replayed back to you – like a modern ghost. And it means we stand still unable to move forwards. Like a story that’s got stuck.
I’ve put a short bit of it together from some camera-phone videos shot by the audience in New York. It’s a bit rough – as is the sound – but you’ll get a sense of it.”
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