a film by Cheng ran & item idem
HD Video, 6’02”
Courtesy of the artists & Galerie Urs Meile (Pékin/Beijing, Lucerne), The Breeder (Athens) & Leo Xu Projects (Shanghai)
"Chinese artist Cheng Ran presents Joss, a video made in collaboration with item idem (French artist and designer Cyril Duval), to inaugurate Inside, Palais de Tokyo’s new exhibition season and in conjunction with Inside China - L’Intérieur du Géant, an exhibition dedicated to the emerging art scenes in China and France.
Joss refers to papier-mâché offerings burnt in veneration to the spirits of the deceased in Chinese culture. This tradition in the contemporary context re ects the consumerism of quotidian life. In the video, these possessions for the afterlife offer a dizzying parade of consumer culture: from luxury fashion to electronic gadgets, fast food to pop cultural icons. Exploding these paper objects with re-crackers and set in slow-motion, Cheng Ran plumbs the physicality of the moving image, referencing the explosion sequence in Michelangelo Antonioni’s lm Zabriskie Point and the investigation of time and momentum in Swiss artists Fischli and Weiss’s lm Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go). Through the ambivalent meanings of celebration and destruction, between exuberance and exhaustion, it takes the pulse of our contemporary desires."
(Source: Palais de Tokyo curatorial text, 2014)
Cheng Ran, b. 1981, lives and works in Hangzhou and Amsterdam.
item idem (Cyril Duval), b. 1977, lives and works in New York.