News: ".com/.cn", LI Ming at K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong

Li Ming will be exhibiting in .com/.cn, the first project jointly presented by The K11 Art Foundation(KAF) and MoMA PS1. Co-curated by Klaus Biesenbach and Peter Eleey of MoMA PS1 in New York, .com/.cn includes work by Darren Bader, Cao Fei, DIS, Aleksandra Domanovic, Gregory Edwards, Lauren Owens, Li Ming, Liang Wei, Lin Ke, Liu Shiyuan, Miao Ying, Oliver Payne, Sondra Perry, Wang Xin, and Anicka Yi.

.com/.cn showcases artistic practices in China and the West that respond to, or are affected by, our digital ecosystem. Frequently described as a “network” or a “cloud,” this system is often assumed to be universal, unencumbered by territory, language, law, or national culture. However, distinct regional internets have developed under varying forms of state control, each conditioning different social behaviours, economies, and modes of thought. These variations are particularly evident in comparing artistic responses to the available internets of China and the West, and their respective political and economic systems.

Straight line, Landscape (2014-2016) that will be presented by Li Ming, which traces the artist’s journey from Hangzhou to Taiwan over the course of 50 days using both close-up, personal imagery and GPS satellite images across 25 LED screens and one 55'' LED TV.

Straight Line, Lanscape

26 channel video

Straight Line  2’30‘’

Landscape 17‘26’‘

Dimensions variable

2014 - 2016

The work consists of two parts. The first refers to “Straight Line”: the 25 screens together become a colourful line on the wall, depicting Li Ming’s journey from Hangzhou to Taiwan. The videos, like colourful note pad, record Li’s fragmented feelings while hiking and climbing. 

The second is “Landscape”, a video with David Bowie’s The Mysteries as the background music. That was the single song that Li played when he travelled on foot in the 50 days. Walking, fragmented memories, images related to landscape and music are thus integrated. The two flickering red circles, taking inspiration from the reflection of light while filming, resemble an eye, which is due to the thickness of glass.