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THE SONG OF THE MACHINES 2012

Yu-Chen Wang’s quasi-fictional book, The Song of the Machines features stories about the artist’s life and her practice. Reality and fiction are blurred through the display of new work, documentation, critical texts and creative writing.

Her work explores the notion of representation, distortion and transformation, and the transitional space between them. Using a mixture of drawings, objects, installation, performance and film, the artist constructs visual narratives to explore the concept of machines and energy, and art’s potential in dreaming of, and hoping for, a better future.

The unusual layout of this book invites the viewer to determine their own experience of it – flipping it round, reading it from back-to-front – or, however the reader chooses – reflecting Yu-Chen Wang’s studio practice where large-scale drawings are often hung at different angles, each time inviting another visual reading of the work.

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Taking the multi-layered and multi-faceted collection of work that was The Splash and A Last Drop one step further, a book entitled The Song of the Machines brought together images from the filmed performance at Manchester’s Victoria Baths, plus artwork, documentation, essays and fiction. Its colourful format, including a “wraparound” cover showing one of Yu-Chen’s colourful drawings, and many impressive photographic double-page spreads, brings together further the artist’s interests in the industrial past, the uncertain present and hope for the future.

Artist(s)

Yu-Chen Wang

Author(s)

Andro Semeiko

Sophia Crilly

Bob Dickinson

Rudyard Kipling

Georgia Korossi

Nicolas de Oliveira/Nicola Oxley

Chelsea Pettitt

Jennifer Thatcher

Publisher

Centre For Chinese Contemporary Art

Distributor 

Cornerhouse Publications

ISBN

9780954544089

Format

softback

 

Pages

96

Illustrations

96 colour illustrations

Dimensions

250mm x 160mm

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