ARTISTIC LAB

Mobility in China:

A CHINESE VIEW OF 50 YEARS OF ACCELERATION

As part of the Mobility in China: A Chinese View of 50 Years of Acceleration project the Sinapolis Research Agency submitted a body of 82 photographs to Chinese citizens to elicit their perspectives on 50 years of mobility development. The respondents commented on five to nine photographs of their choice, which served as the starting point for a sociological interview. The ambivalent perception of the ongoing changes - ranging from enthusiasm to criticism of their brutality - inspired artist-videographer Wang Gongxin’s work Yi.



ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Léo de Boisgisson, Journalist and cultural project promoter

Thomas Sauvin, Photography collector

China, the great power of our century, evokes gigantism and speed in every respect. The "Zeitgeist", the spirit of the Chinese times - is undeniably that of a nation turned towards the future (...)

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1. A revolution in images

For the Mobility in China: A Chinese View of 50 Years of Acceleration project - a body of iconic photographs of the mobility revolution in China was created. The images come from Thomas Sauvin’s collections: propaganda photos, periodical scientific documentation, studio photos, anonymous period photos, photos of the lives of ordinary Chinese citizens, and photos by contemporary artists.


2. THE MOBILITY REVOLUTION
SEEN BY WANG GONGXIN: YI

Yi (meaning "to move” or “transform") is a multi-screen video installation designed by artist-videographer Wang Gongxin.

Based on data from the sociological survey and the artist’s own vision of current changes, the work considers mobility through the time-space-velocity triptych. The installation is based on shots taken in various places in China: natural landscapes, dense urban crowds, transit areas, etc.

This three-dimensional work, presented here in its web version, will be displayed in large-scale format. It will be exhibited in Paris starting in January 2019.


Guided tours.

Researchers in social sciences and artists select part of artwork and comment under the prism of their knowledge, sensibility and discipline.

Guided tour

Jean-Philippe Béjà

Political scientist and sinologist, CNRS Emeritus Senior Research Fellow

Durée : 03:47

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