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.
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.
Nicolas de Oliveira/Nicola Oxley
96 colour illustrations
250mm x 160mm