Xu Bing: Dragonfly Eyes
6.3 – 4.6.2017
Xu Bing’s work is a narrative feature film made up of numerous surveillance video recordings collected by the artist and his creative team. The exhibited trailer invites audience to re-interpret these moving images, challenging conventional understanding of film and reality.
The 28,000-facet compound eyes of a dragonfly signify the omnipresent surveillance camera lens. No actors or videographers are involved in this film, as the characters are played by the different people captured by surveillance cameras. The most objective and realistic images are used to construct fictional characters and the story. Daily life, therefore, becomes a form of performance and part of an artwork.