Zhang Peili Archive | Materials of the Future
Zhang Peili is a pioneer of video and new media art in China. His work 30x30 from 1988 is generally considered to be the first video work in the history of contemporary Chinese art and his experiments with text-based conceptual art were some of the most radical works made in China during the 1980s. The full archive will gradually be made accessible through the Collection Online. For the full collection description, please click here.
The Zhang Peili Archive is part of Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990. A clip of the interview with the artist can be viewed here.
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|:||Opposite Space (Exhibition View)|
|:||Xiang dui de kong jian (Zhan lan xian chang)|
|:||Excerpt from Artistic Working Manual of Zhang Peili, Lingnan Meishu Chubanshe, Guangzhou, 2008, p 194:
A video installation with surveillance cameras set up in two identical rooms built in a mirrored setting within the exhibition venue. Surveillance images are displayed in real time on the TV screen of the other room, with no recording of images. Once a visitor enters a room, the lights will be triggered on and the door will be locked for 1 minute (if no other visitor opens the door from outside); as a result, visitors in each room are captured as the object of surveillance in addition to being the voyeur of each other.
|:||Video installation with surveillance cameras and TV displays (14 inches)|
|:||10m x 2.8m x 3.5m|
|:||China: Artistic Avant-garde Movements|
|:||Centro d'Art Santa Monica, Barcelona|
|:||Artwork on display/exhibition view|
|:||Video installation, Surveillance, Video art|
|:||Peili ZHANG 張 培力|