In Organism, the latest exhibition in UCCA's "Curated by... " series, guest curator Liu Wei introduces us to Hu Xiangqian and Wang Yuyang, two young artists who use various media, experimental techniques and a healthy dose of humour to upend artistic and aesthetic convention.
Wang Yuyang's Breath is a sculpture series of everyday gadgets and other household appliances that expand and contract as they "breathe" in and out. Tattered and battered through years of use, these inanimate objects are our constant companions: they live in our homes, serve and entertain us, and breathe the same air we do. Wang Yuyang gives them the gift of respiration, a second lease on life.
In the video work Superfluous Knowledge , artist Hu Xiangqian attempts to survive in the wilderness for 15 days with knowledge gleaned from a survival guidebook. You can well imagine what happens when a city boy, armed only with a store-bought book, tries to construct a shelter, forage for food, or distinguish poisonous from edible mushrooms. As it turns out, putting "practical knowledge" into practice is easier said than done.