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b. 1957, works and lives in Shanghai
Films, iron shelves, nylon string, blue spotlight, speakers, CD players

Shanghai-based artist Hu Jieming has spent more than 15 years exploring the deeper realities of a cultural vertigo that emerges when a China that is increasingly open to Western ideals is wired to West that is increasingly enchated by the surface details of Eastern cultre.

Hu’s primary mode of expression has been through video installations.In 1996 he created New Journey to the West, a video whose narrative reflects the conflicting pressures felt by the Chineses in their relations with the Western world.This video allegorically examines the feeling of obligation to look to Western culture for cues on technological and commercial advancement(as well as for direction in contemporary art),while still wishing to preserve spiritual and cultural traditions unique to China.

In the Fiction between 1999&2000(2000),Hu Jieming takes on a more universal challenge,the daunting proliferation of media and information engendered by the internet.Hu’s huge informantion labyrinth is constructed from screen captures collected from across the Web and network television during the twenty-four-hour period from midnight of December 31,1999,to midnight of january1,2000.If represents the difficulties we all face in navigating through a world where information can be empowering,but only if we can filter through the barrage of useless images and texts that cloud our minds and dull our instincts.Hu asks.”what will we choose to do when we are controlled by information and lose ourselves?”

Detail pictures:

MoMA, San Francisco, U.S.A.
ShanghART, Shanghai

Related Exhibitions:
City on the Edge: Art and Shanghai at the Turn of the Millennium, UCCA Edge, Shanghai 05.21, 2021 -07.11, 2021
Things from the Gallery Warehouse 2, ShanghART H-Space, Shanghai 12.19, 2009 -03.10, 2010
010101: Art In Technological Times, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, U.S.A. 03.03, 2001 -07.08, 2001

Related Texts:
The Fiction Between 1999&2000 TEXT 2015


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