City: Shenzhen
Duration: 2019-01-12 ~ 2019-03-23
Opening: 16:00, Jan. 12, 2019
Address: The Mountain View, Bldg 6, XiangshanVillage, OCT-LOFT, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Participating Artist(s): SHEN SHAOMIN
Host(s): The Mountain View NOT FOUND SAPCE


Staring at the fish on my plate I looked

Kept looking

Kept looking

Until it looked like a living fish

Then, staring at the fish on my plate I looked

Kept looking

Kept looking

Until it looked like the sea

Then, staring at the sea

Kept looking

Kept looking

Until it looked like an endless salty beach

The Carp is regarded as the Chinese national fish. Chinese people endow the Carp fish with rich cultural connotations that express beautiful wishes through its symbolism and iconography. In 2018 "a carp fever" swept China's social medias, and many kinds of carp imageries and topics flooded the Internet. "Forward the Carp for good luck" became very popular among Chinese Netizens.

The Chinese carp eats microorganisms and phytoplankton, and as an ecological utility it was introduced to many other countries to purify water quality. However, due to its strong adaptability and fertility, the Chinese carp over-populated and caused local ecological imbalances. Nowadays people try to fish Chinese carps in an attempt to reduce its population.

"Everyone is a fish in the river of time". In the entertainment and commercial fields, the Carp has become the special icon that crosses ancient times to modern days, connecting traditional and contemporary within the era of big data and the Internet of Everything.

In this project, the artist combines electronics and silica gel to replicate and simulate 2000 mechanical carps faintly breathing and struggling in an endless white salt flat. This magical scene will evoke in the audience boundless imagination and perspectives of thoughts towards the Chinese carp and its rich symbolism.


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[Editor] 张艳