Emerald City examines the idea of translation within geometry and compares two important concepts in cultural translation—‘transparency’ and ‘opacity’—by bringing together 40 works including paintings, videos, sculptures, and site-specific installations by artists from China and other parts of the world. Beginning with basic geometric concepts that represent spatial relations, such as dots and lines, ratio, and distance, the exhibition looks into the structures and meanings of the cosmos, land and sea, architectural environments, the human body, and other physical and abstract spaces to shed light on the stories of cultural coexistence amid globalisation. The world as we perceive is hardly symmetrical to the world as it is. In the literary classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, everyone in Emerald City is required to put on a pair of green-tinted spectacles intended for filtering out the brilliant radiance of the utopia. Our pursuit of universal knowledge through geometry nonetheless prevents us from seeing the things we want to know. Not only will the exhibition demonstrate how geometry shapes our conception of the world, it will also inspire us to look at the world outside the confines of geometric thinking.
Ashley Bickerton, Dora Budor, Nina Canell, Oscar Chan Yik Long, Chen Zhou, Carl F. Cheng, Dumb Type, Peter Halley, Nik Kosmas, Ajay Kurian, Liu Chuang, Andrew Luk/ Alexis Mailles/ Peter Nelson, Mountain River Jump!, Oscar Murillo, Shen Xin, Keiichi Tanaami, THE PLAY, Ben Tong, Clarissa Tossin, Adrián Villar Rojas, Alice Wang, Doris Wong Wai Yin, Trevor Yeung, Zhang Enli, Zhang Ruyi, Zhou Siwei
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