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SUN XUN 孙逊
b. 1980, works and lives in Beijing

SUN XUN 孙逊
2010
27 minutes
Video | Single-channel animation
Edition of 8
code: SXU080

We always make thorough enquiry about history. But when history is past and distant-such as a second, a minute, an hour, one day, one year, even a century-then the enquiry itself will be much more sincere and exciting than the answer. Our perspective on the world is in useless changing. We, all the people, are in hesitating and homeless situation. Everyone is a wanderer.


21 KE was produced by SUN Xun and π Animation Studio four years after its commencement, in which the artist and his team invested the dream of animate creation by pursuit in technique and exploration in artistic language. Themed with "the weight of soul", the video guided its viewers into a journey that probed for the very origin of the value of self-existence. The experimental "animation film" was mainly completed by pastel on canvas. Presented with exquisite and rich texture that constituted black and white images, and rendered by background music composed with human voice, sound of machines, noise of riots and other restless factors, 21 KE introduced to its spectators an overwhelming audiovisual experience. SUN Xun commented on this piece that “in 21 KE, time is abandoned by history and soul is lost by us..." The artist attempted to reflect on the existence of self and history by the production of a series of scenarios and events appearing ridiculous and yet familiar, as well as the establishment of the relationship between personal experience and grande narration.
Artist has exhibited his works in "Orizzonti" section at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, solo exhibition 21 KE (2010, Minsheng Art Museum), Beyond-ism (2011, ShanghART Beijing), After Doctrine (2010, Yokohama Creative City Centre) and SUN Xun – Shock of Time (2009, Drawing Center, New York) and so on.

21 KE was shown in 67th Venice International Film Festival in Italy, Art Basel Miami Beach in U.S.A., Tales from the New Chinese Cinema in New York, PhotoEspana 2011 in Madrid, Impossible Universe in Brisbane and Hell (Helvete) in Stockholm and so forth.

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Related Exhibitions:
The Unknown Future NIU Art Space, Shijiazhuang 10.14, 2017 -03.14, 2018
Art Shenzhen 2017--Screening Room V06 Art Fairs Hall 6, Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen 09.15, 2017 -09.18, 2017
Sun Xun's 3D animation work "Time Spy" will be shown in Beijing ShanghART Beijing, Beijing 08.15, 2017
Social Scenery East Lake Park Western Bonded Center Exhibition Hall, Chengdu 10.12, 2014 -11.30, 2014
Global City, Surreal City IVAM, Valencia, Spain 01.29, 2014 -05.24, 2014
The Light Inna Contemporary Art Space, Hangzhou 10.21, 2013 -10.31, 2013
West Bund 2013: A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art Waterfront of Xuhui District, Shanghai 10.20, 2013 -12.19, 2013
Drawing · Expression and Limit Art Museum of Nanjing University of The Art, Nanjing 09.18, 2013 -10.10, 2013
2013 Ikono on Air Festival Berlin, Germany 09.06, 2013 -09.29, 2013
The Garden of Forking Paths OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shanghai 05.03, 2013 -08.28, 2013
37th Hong Kong International Film Festival Hong Kong 03.17, 2013 -04.02, 2013
ON|OFF Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), Beijing 01.12, 2013 -04.14, 2013
First Shenzhen Independent Animation Biennale Shenzhen, Guangdong 12.22, 2012 -03.22, 2013
The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7) Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) and Queensland Art Gallery (QAG), Brisbane, Australia 12.08, 2012 -04.14, 2013
Perspectives 180 - Unfinished Country The Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, U.S.A. 11.02, 2012 -02.17, 2013
2012 Kuandu International Animation Festival Taipei 10.21, 2012 -10.28, 2012
Diagnostic Mind_1: Catastrophe DongdaeMoon Design plaza, Seoul, Korea 10.16, 2012 -11.03, 2012
2012 Xi'an International Animation Film Festival Xi'an 09.06, 2012 -09.09, 2012
The First "CAFAM·Future" Exhibition—Sub-Phenomena:Report on the State of Chinese Young Art CAFA Art Museum, Beijing 08.08, 2012 -09.06, 2012
Clouds Skissernas Museum, Lund, Sweden 06.10, 2012 -10.07, 2012
Nomadic Report 2012 Arko Art Center, Seoul, Korea 03.23, 2012 -04.15, 2012
The Parallel World A4 Contemporary Arts Center, Chengdu 03.17, 2012 -05.17, 2012
3rd AmerAsia Film Festival Montreal, Canada 03.01, 2012 -03.11, 2012
The Power of Doubt Times Museum, Guangzhou 12.18, 2011 -02.06, 2012
13th Wiesbaden International Weekend of Animation Wiesbaden, Germany 10.13, 2011 -10.16, 2011
Hell/Helvete Liljevalchs Konsthalli, Stockholm; Boras Museum of Modern Art, Boras, Sweden 10.01, 2011 -01.08, 2012
Spectrum A4 Contemporary Arts, Chengdu 09.27, 2011 -11.25, 2011
Impossible Universe Parer Place Urban Screens, Brisbane, Australia 09.16, 2011 -10.16, 2011
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai 09.09, 2011 -10.30, 2011
Catch the Moon in the Water: Emerging Chinese Artists James Cohan Gallery, New York, U.S.A. 06.16, 2011 -07.29, 2011
PHotoEspana 2011 Madrid, Spain 06.01, 2011 -09.11, 2011
2011 Metropolis Art Cinema Beirut, Lebanon 05.02, 2011 -05.07, 2011
Tales from the New Chinese Cinema Jordan Shnitzer Museum of the Moving Image, New York, U.S.A. 04.29, 2011 -05.01, 2011
12th Jeonju International Film Festival Jeonju, Korea 04.28, 2011 -05.06, 2011
21KE Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai 10.21, 2010 -12.15, 2010
67th Venice International Film Festival Venice, Italy 09.01, 2010 -09.11, 2010


Related Texts:
Sun Xun "21G" Review , Daniel Szehin Ho TEXT Sep,2010
21 Ke , Sun Xun TEXT 2010
21 KE (21 GRAMS) short TEXT 2010
21 KE (21 GRAMS) TEXT Jun,2010


Related Publication:
ON|OFF: China's Young Artists in Concept & Practice
The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7)


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