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ZHANG DING 张鼎
b. 1980, works and lives in Shanghai

ZHANG DING 张鼎
2010
9 channel video installation
190(H)*100(W)*100cm
Edition of 3
ZDU060

Experimental narrative modes are notable in the ambitious nine-channel video installation The Dream of Yabulai (2008) by Shanghai-based Zhang Ding. This work has been re-orchestrated as a site-specific work and is situated under the gallery's staircase. The supporting structure of the work is an open wooden lattice framework suggesting unfinished architecture. Within the framework are the nine video screens. The central screen shows a monkey assigning identify-specific props or costumes to eight actors who then assume their new roles on one of the individual screens. The subsequent eight different role-plays depict various themes, unveiling a composite of new behavior in a "micro-society" while attempting to visualize key ideas or events in human history, such as mapping territory, the creation of theory, science, energy, art, religion and war.  (james cohan gallery)

Detail pictures:

Installation View
Design Drawing
Film Still


Related Works:
ZDU037
The Dream of Yabulai
ZDU066
The Dream of Yabulai-2
ZDU067
The Dream of Yabulai-1


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