Inspired by Transliteration - Chapter Four: Féng | Fèng

Introduction of the work: In "Inspired by Transliteration - Chapter Four: Féng | Fèng" Li Ming experimentally extends the key grammar of cinematic language, montage, to its maximum, in order to break the causal chain of narrative techniques. By amplifying the "seams" between different static frames, he shows that they can be filled with traits that are randomly evoked by the viewer's cognition, emotions, and memories. In this respect, this work undoubtedly follows the thinking direction of "Rendering The Mind"; however, "Inspired by Transliteration - Chapter Four: Féng | Fèng" further invents a new "sewing" action by extracting the noun "seam," which takes "non-causal events that happen simultaneously or coincidentally in time" as the temporal logic for editing images, revealing these events as mutually reflecting and suggestive psychological mirror images, thereby bringing a new way of experiencing that breaks free from the linear time online.

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    22 minutes 13 seconds
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    September 2, 2021
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Director Biography - Li Ming

Li Ming (born in 1986 in Yuanjiang; currently lives and works in Hangzhou.
Li Ming has received the 2017 Hugo Boss Asia Art Award and the 2008 Pierre Huber Creation Prize. His works have been shown widely in major institutions such as Busan Biennale, Museo Pino Pascali, Borusan Contemporary, Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial, and UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing. Selected solo exhibitions: Being Consumed, Antenna Space, Shanghai (2021); 201420162021, OCT Boxes Art Museum, Foshan (2021); Zhu Changquan & Li Ming: Wild Cursive, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou (2020); 1703, Antenna Space, Shanghai (2018); Inspired by Transliteration, HDM Gallery, Hangzhou (2017); ME I WE, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015); Mediation, Antenna Space, Shanghai (2014). Selected group exhibitions: OCAT × KADIST Emerging Media Artist Program, OCAT Shanghai (2022); The Elephant Escaped, Macalline Art Center, Beijing (2022); On Behalf Of, Qiao Space, Shanghai (2021); The Circular Impact: Video Art 21, OCAT Shanghai (2021); Affect, Wuhan Art Museum, Wuhan (2021); Future, Future—Young Artists’ Experimental Film Project, Center for Experimental Film, Shanghai (2020); Normal Days, Antenna Space at OōEli, Hangzhou (2020); Me, Family, MUDAM Luxembourg (2020); Remapping Reality, OCAT Shanghai (2019); The Force Temple, Tank, Shanghai (2019); Out of Ink: Interpretations from Chinese Contemporary Art, Pera Museum, Istanbul (2019); About The Worlds We Know, OCAT Xi’an (2018); Hugo Boss Asia Art, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2017); .com/.cn, chi K11 Art Museum, Shanghai, and K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2017).

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Li Ming (born in 1986 in Yuanjiang; currently lives and works in Hangzhou) began to be known to the scene due to his early experimental performances, often recorded through DV cameras, intervening in the rapid urbanization of the Chinese landscape. His oeuvres examine the material flow of commodities or digital data through its time-based quality, in which a particular logic of circulation tends to be adopted as a loose protocol that guides the image sequences. Above all, the qualities of spontaneity and serendipity invoked the inaugural Chinese conceptualism and video art of the 1990s. Set in the age of data abundance that altered our sense of memory and temporality, Li Ming’s video work was impacted by his daily meditation practices. Together, it has led the artist to search for a cinema of affect with his sense of cognitive inner realities and its hyper-connectivity. This aspect is best epitomized by his creative use of non-linear rhythm in film editing and the densely choreographed daily events, at times psychedelic, at times reminiscent of homemade video reels.