Wang Ziquan: Creatures of the Air


  • Opening hours

    10 : 00 – 18 : 00
    Tuesday – Saturday

  • Location:

    No. 1, -1F Sunken Garden, Lane 9, Qufu Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai

  • Artist:

MadeIn Gallery is delighted to present Wang Ziquan’s solo show “Creatures of the Air” on January 8, 2022, which is the first solo exhibition of the artist at MadeIn Gallery. Wang Ziquan transforms the entire exhibition space into a large-scale installation Creatures of the Air, building a complex access system across sculpture, performance, sound, racing, and video. In this system, the perspective and operation of the apparatus, just like an external organ, becomes an infinite extension to all humankind. The pipeline suspended in the gallery, on the other hand, is constructed as the gloomiest landscape, becoming an extraterritorial place beyond the control of management mechanisms established by technology.

Inside the pipeline, the first-person-view drones acting as prosthetic limbs for the audience initiate a three-hour-long uninterrupted survey under the control of the pilots. And on the screens set up outside the pipeline, the cameras on the drones transmit to the audience in real-time all the mysteries and unpleasantness inside the pipeline. The visibility or concealment of information is ultimately an artist’s joke. The countless races that occur in this dark space, the unlocatable sounds, are just the wreckage of signal transmission.

Wang Ziquan identifies the pipeline as the bare landscape at the backside of the human society, and at the same time sees it as the “storage device” that admits personal and social materials and memories. The exhibition “Creatures of the Air” is an experimental field built by the artist, navigating between technology, sculpture and body. Its purpose is to continually access the massive storage device through a self-organized system, in which it is possible for us to question our identity.