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COULD DONUT SAVE US FROM DROWING?│Tingwei Li

2018.3.10 - 2018.5.10

Statement

The novel “Moby Dick” describes a battle between sensibility and rationality, the counterbalance between ego and the secular. The white whale symbolizes an unconquerable mystical force , like the embodiment of human evil. So, to some extent, the white whale is a symbol of the tension between people and capitalism in the process of production.

The sea is a primitive and infinite life. It makes people fear and look forward to. However ,the swimming pool installed in a ship is a place of artificial sea water, and the life-buoy is given the mission of saving life. In the video works, modern people entertain themselves, conquering and taking advantages of the sea. Despite of a slight manifestation of loneliness, many people feign ignorance in the collective security and pretend they really enjoy it. The installation “Moby Dick, the Chase, first day, second day, third day” is a set of returning  to the shore. “The space occupied in the life-buoy” refers to the subject living in a relative safe environment of residence, similarly in a space of one’s own, it brings out inevitably the desire of "being saved” as well.


About Tingwei Li


Tingwei Li (born 1989,China) graduated from Universität der Künste Berlin in 2017 and had previously studied at Hunter College MFA program and Tongji University. Li holds the title of Meisterschülerin of the Berlin University of Arts and currently works in Berlin and Shanghai. Recent exhibitions include "Bad New Days Ahead" (Taikang Space, Beijing,2018),“Feeling Good?"(J: Gallery, Shanghai, 2017). “Volatility”Galerie Gerken, Berlin, 2016, " >< ", (EGG Gallery, Beijing,2016), "Second Thought"(Flowers Gallery, New York, 2015). Li is among the Forbes '30 Under 30 China 2017'  in Art and Style and participated in artist-in-residence programs at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel of Shanghai and Flux Factory of New York.

Working with objects, images and videos, Tingwei is interested in phenomenon and core values in contemporary life. By addressing how human consciousness and behavior have been changed in consumer society, she deals with contemporary subject centered issues such as the must of self-optimisation and the ‚flexible ego’ under conditions of marketing. As kind of artistic research, her work undertakes a mental archeology of contemporary media and its effects on our minds and bodies.

 


COULD DONUT SAVE US FROM DROWING?│Tingwei Li

2018.3.10 - 2018.5.10

Statement

The novel “Moby Dick” describes a battle between sensibility and rationality, the counterbalance between ego and the secular. The white whale symbolizes an unconquerable mystical force , like the embodiment of human evil. So, to some extent, the white whale is a symbol of the tension between people and capitalism in the process of production.

The sea is a primitive and infinite life. It makes people fear and look forward to. However ,the swimming pool installed in a ship is a place of artificial sea water, and the life-buoy is given the mission of saving life. In the video works, modern people entertain themselves, conquering and taking advantages of the sea. Despite of a slight manifestation of loneliness, many people feign ignorance in the collective security and pretend they really enjoy it. The installation “Moby Dick, the Chase, first day, second day, third day” is a set of returning  to the shore. “The space occupied in the life-buoy” refers to the subject living in a relative safe environment of residence, similarly in a space of one’s own, it brings out inevitably the desire of "being saved” as well.


About Tingwei Li


Tingwei Li (born 1989,China) graduated from Universität der Künste Berlin in 2017 and had previously studied at Hunter College MFA program and Tongji University. Li holds the title of Meisterschülerin of the Berlin University of Arts and currently works in Berlin and Shanghai. Recent exhibitions include "Bad New Days Ahead" (Taikang Space, Beijing,2018),“Feeling Good?"(J: Gallery, Shanghai, 2017). “Volatility”Galerie Gerken, Berlin, 2016, " >< ", (EGG Gallery, Beijing,2016), "Second Thought"(Flowers Gallery, New York, 2015). Li is among the Forbes '30 Under 30 China 2017'  in Art and Style and participated in artist-in-residence programs at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel of Shanghai and Flux Factory of New York.

Working with objects, images and videos, Tingwei is interested in phenomenon and core values in contemporary life. By addressing how human consciousness and behavior have been changed in consumer society, she deals with contemporary subject centered issues such as the must of self-optimisation and the ‚flexible ego’ under conditions of marketing. As kind of artistic research, her work undertakes a mental archeology of contemporary media and its effects on our minds and bodies.

 


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