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Highlights of artist statement
"My theater complex came from my home. I live in a theater's courtyard filled with playing and watching. The theater life enriched my knowledge about various roles at all times and in all countries. Time was changing the opera gradually. The pop, fashion and foreign elements were added into the traditional, local and folk culture and art, showing a hybrid, absurd and disordered fast-food aesthetic. This aesthetic touched the cultural bottom line and my experience edge, but I wanted to explore it. Such a change occurs not only in the theater, but in every corner of the times. In the beginning of creating Artificial Theater my objective was to clarify this change.
Talking about how to create the series I must go back to 2007, when I finished the series Temporary Performers. During the creation, I collected more than 300 ordinary Chinese faces. In 2008, I met a Japanese computer game "Artificial Girl 3", which was a 3D 18X love game created by ILLUSION. The experiences in the two years brought me an idea, creating a virtual person, even a world
The whole process is a hypothesis, but for spirit it's a real experience. I also try to warn people, through these cold faces after tampering and processing, that in fact, everybody in the society is playing his role, but this playing is superficial, temporary, or even meaningless. I won't judge these virtual images ideologically, because they may present a way of differance. The body, as the carrier of soul, is linking the inside and outside world by every act and every move. The presentation in Artificial Theater has been broken and combined again, and if you want to explore the truth, you may only find shadows on the rock."
"Artificial Theatre" postcards〡by Zhang Wei 張巍〡Size: 110x135mm〡15 postcards〡First Edition: 500〡Published by Jiazazhi〡Sep 2014