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b. 1980, works and lives in Beijing
single-channel animation
8 minutes 8 seconds
Edition of 6 + 2AP

There is an old Chinese legend that says the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty sent Xufu and 3,000 boys and girls on a boat towards the magic lands of the East in order to find the remedy for eternal life… It is said that the boat reached Japan in the end.

Similarly, in ancient China, people had different understandings of the world; one says that people believe the world is a big mountain, and this big mountain is carried on the back of a big tortoise whose name is “bei xu”, the last son of the Dragon, who is also very good in carrying heavy weights whilst standing over four big elephants … this is the way the world has been structured.

The world of the Magician, who is the only legal liar, states the magnificence of the world of politics; in reality this is just a mirage, like an oasis, and the entire world is upside down; everything is a romantic wasteland and in this wasteland will the brightness people has so longed ever appear? Or do we need to turn all lies upside down… how our lives should be?

Time has passed until now; I came to Japan for the art project at the Yokohama Art center.  This artwork combines three parts; I realized the first part that comprises 10 huge ink drawings in Yokohama. In Beijing I realized the second part, which consisted in the video animation the scenarios of which are taken from Japan. The third part is a site-specific drawing I completed now in Nagoya.

This work is associated with Japan, however the story comes from China.

Director: Sun Xun
Script: Sun Xun
ANIMATION: Sun Xun, Tang Bohua, Fang Anguo, Han Ling, Zhou Lei,
Li Rong, Li Tianyao, Zhang Feng
EDITOR: Xu Chong, Sun Xun
SOUND: Jin Shan

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Common Ground: UCCA 15th Anniversary Patrons Collection Exhibition, UCCA, Beijing 04.16, 2022 -08.14, 2022
2017 Taichung International Animation Festival, Taichung, Taiwan 10.13, 2017 -10.17, 2017
2016 Global China, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Green Land Group Center of Zheng Dong, Zhengzhou 10.29, 2016 -12.31, 2016
62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen - The Film Programmes, Oberhausen,Germany 05.05, 2016 -05.10, 2016
26th European Media Art Festival, Osnabrueck, Germany 04.24, 2013 -04.28, 2013
37th Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong 03.17, 2013 -04.02, 2013
Moving on Asia, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand 02.22, 2013 -06.16, 2013
ON | OFF, 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
Queen LiLi's Garden, ShanghART Main Space, Shanghai 11.24, 2012 -01.31, 2013
4th Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial, Tai-chung; Taipei; Tao-yüan Oct,2012 -Apr,2012
2012 Xi'an International Animation Film Festival, Xi'an 09.06, 2012 -09.09, 2012
The 58th Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Colgate University, Hamilton, U.S.A 06.16, 2012 -06.22, 2012
Diversity in Harmony, 5 Art, Guangzhou 05.25, 2012 -07.25, 2012
Sun Xun: 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
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
The End of the Brush and Ink Era: Chinese Landscape, True Color Museum, Suzhou 09.09, 2011 -03.09, 2012
Moving Image in China: 1988-2011, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai 09.09, 2011 -11.27, 2011
17th Sarajevo Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 07.22, 2011 -07.30, 2011
9th Tabor Film Festival, Zabok, Croatia 06.08, 2011 -06.12, 2011
25th Image Forum Festival, Tokyo & Kyoto, Japan 04.29, 2011 -05.08, 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
Los Angeles Filmforum, Los Angeles, U.S.A. 04.10, 2011
2011 Tiburon International Film Festival, Tiburon, U.S.A. 04.07, 2011 -04.14, 2011
33rd Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France 02.04, 2011 -02.12, 2011
40th International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherland 01.26, 2011 -02.06, 2011
Sun Xun: Beyond-ism, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing 01.16, 2011 -04.10, 2011
30th Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Uppsala, Sweden 2011
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The 7th China Independent Film Festival Contemporary Artists New Video Works Exhibition, Center for Contemporary Art Shangdong, Nanjing 10.22, 2010 -10.25, 2010
Aichi Triennale 2010, Aichi Arts Center; Nagoya City Art Museum; the Choja-machi area, Japan 08.21, 2010 -10.31, 2010

Related Publication:
ON|OFF: China's Young Artists in Concept & Practice
Moving Image in China:1988-2011
Moving on Asia
Moving Image in China:1988-2011

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