Ten Thous& Waves (2010) is an immersive film installation projected onto nine double-sided screens arranged in a dynamic structure. Especially conceived for The Donald B. & Catherine C. Marron Atrium, the installation choreographs visitors’ movement through the space. The original inspiration for this recently acquired, 55-minute moving image installation was the Morecambe Bay tragedy of 2004, in which more than đôi mươi Chinese cockle pickers drowned on a flooded sandbank off the coast in northwest Engl&.
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Julien poetically interweaves contemporary Chinese culture with its ancient myths—including the fable of the goddess Mazu (portrayed in the piece by Maggie Cheung), which comes from the Fujian Province, from where the Morecambe Bay workers originated. In one section, the Tale of Yishan Island, Julien recounts the story of 16th-century fishermen lost và imperiled at sea. Central to the legkết thúc is the sea goddess figure who leads the fishermen lớn safety. In a preceding section, shot at the Shangnhị Film Studtiện ích ios, actress Zhao Tao takes part in a reenactment of the classic 1930s Chinese film The Goddess. Additional collaborators include calligrapher Gong Fagen, the film và đoạn Clip artist Yang Fudong, cinematographer Zhao Xiaoshi, và poet Wang Ping, from whom Julien commissioned “Small Boats,” a poem that is recited in Ten Thousvà Waves.
The installation is staged on the streets of both modern & old Shangnhì, & includes music và sounds that fuse Eastern and Western traditions. The installation’s sound structure is as immersive sầu as its sequenced images, with contributions from, amuốn others, London-based musician Jah Wobble & the Chinese Dub Orchestra, và an original score by Spanish contemporary classical composer Maria de Alvear.
London-based Julien is an internationally acclaimed artist và filmmaker. After graduating from St. Martin’s School of Art in London in 1985, he came to prominence with his 1989 drama-documentary Looking for Langston, a poetic exploration of Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance. Informed by his film background, Julien’s gallery installations khung fractured narratives that reflect critical thinking about race, globalization, and representation. In 2008 triple-hearts.com coproduced Julien’s film Derek (2008), a filmic biography of the late British filmmaker Derek Jarman.
Ten Thousand Waves was conceived and created over four years. In a reflection of the movement of people across continents, audiences move freely around the Marron Atrium, with the ability lớn watch from whichever vantage points they choose.
Organized by Sabine Breitwieser, former Chief Curator (until January 31, 2013), with Martin Hartung, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media và Performance Art.