Made in China 006

Duration:2018.03.17 - 2018.05.27

Venue:MOCA Yinchuan

Curator:Suchen Hsieh

Sound scehes Yinchuan——Akinori Matsumoto

China has a long history of five thousand years, and there are many nationalities living and breeding on its vast territory.

In this exhibition, I would like to use the science and technology (products) of China nowadays to demonstrate its historical precipitation and local regions. Chinese people had begun to wear silk and write characters on paper since more than two thousand years ago, and this is the beginning of “Made in China”. As historic transactions, silk and paper are indispensable products, thus I introduced them into my exhibition. To simulate the natural landscape of the western desert, we have laid sand soil onto the whole venue, so the visitors will get into a domed architectural space after opening the silk curtain by the entrance. The space symbolizes the mosque of Hui people, which shows the flourishing cultural exchange the Han people of China used to have with the west. Moving over to the right side from the domed architecture, you will enter a paper tunnel extending forward. From the observation windows (flanking on either side of the tunnel), the bleak desert landscape can be seen. The tunnel symbolizes the Road of Silk, which scatters the remnants of ancient ruins along the way, as if they were telling of the vicissitudes of history. The place to be arrived after a long and arduous journey is the oasis of the desert, which has abundant water sources, and is a place to rest for the weary travelers. The sight of ice melting down into the water table symbolizes the glaciers of the Tianshan Mountains melting and then flowing into the desert oasis.

The image of the house is a silhouette of the natural landscape near Yinchuan, which is showed by using the light and shadow. The LED lights, the motor which represent the sound space, the adapter, the timer, etc. all I used to create the image of light / shadow and water ripple are “Made in China”. I tried to use the Chinese modern technology to show a part of its vast history and local customs.

By courtesy of the great support from every staff of YCAM, the installation team, every volunteer, the staff who prepared food for us every day, as well as the assistants from Japan and everybody at Yinchuan, the “Made in Chine” exhibition could go well with the opening. Here I give my sincerest gratitude to you all. Thank you!