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

SUN XUN 孙逊
2014
Single-channel animation
Animation
10 minutes
Edition of 6
SX_8031

This short film originates from one of Magritte’s painting named The Spontaneous Generation. It was inspired by Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, which composed the Dystopia Trilogy along with Nineteen Eighty-Four and Мы, exploring the different development progresses of human society. However, when it comes to China, things corresponded with such situation during the 30 or 40 years since I born.

At the beginning of Dragon Year 2 years ago, I was invited by an economic magazine CHINA Economic REVIEW to design the cover for January issue, requiring making prediction of this new year in China from the view of an artist. Thus, there came the images of 2 dragons in this film. But it is till this year has the film been completed so that it started from forecast, and was a review of the past time as well. It is related with my future life and also connects with the past in which a moment turned to be eternal and this is the times of our lives, the past thoughts and experiences are waiting to be history, but I’m the person who goes through these things initiatively!

Magritte’s work is named The Spontaneous Generation, which means all the creatures develop from nonliving objects… The body carries the soul. But in the rapid changing world today, where do our consciousness, experiences, and even souls come from?

Related Exhibitions:
2018 Yeosu International Art Festival Yeosu, Korea 09.14, 2018 -10.14, 2018
Move on Asia 2017 Alternative Space LOOP , Seoul, Korea 04.14, 2017 -05.28, 2017
62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen - The Film Programmes Oberhausen,Germany 05.05, 2016 -05.10, 2016
2015 Guanajuato International Film Festival Guanajuato, Mexico 07.17, 2015 -07.26, 2015
61st International Short Film Festival Oberhausen Oberhausen,Germany 04.30, 2015 -05.05, 2015
17th Holland Animation Film Festival Utrecht, The Netherlands 03.18, 2015 -03.22, 2015
37th Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand, France 01.29, 2015 -02.08, 2015
Sun Xun: Stately Shadows Graceful Chester Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, U.K. 12.18, 2014 -03.22, 2015
China Onscreen Biennial Los Angeles and Washington D.C, USA 10.17, 2014 -11.14, 2014
Brave New World Edouard Malingue Gallery, Hong Kong 05.13, 2014 -07.15, 2014


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