De Junkai Chen installation 2017
The Bagua installation arose from the notion: 八卦, the eight trigraphs that are the concrete representations of Yin and Yang. It is one of the oldest stratum of the Yi Jing. The Yi Jing was created more than thirty centuries ago. Hence, these eight elementary forms in nature are created from the two lines of Taiji Yin-Yang. By permuting these two lines, and by grouping them in threes, we can make up eight symbols.
These eight elements represent different sensations. In the piece, the artistic language takes the form of two video projections onto a mobile “screen.” Each element is embodied by a specific movement. The Bagua brings with it the notion of movement, it’s the nucleus of the theory of the interior. The image and circular “screen” merge and evoke the mythical movements of the Bagua. Lastly, the installation operates in two timeframes.
One is performance based: I’ll interact with the work thanks to an enhanced sword. The body merges into the audiovisual movements.
The other becomes an interactive installation:the framework stills exists and varies. Visitors can play with the piece in order to find their particular language.
Yann Robin, Pablo Valbuena, Christophe Gregório, Cyprien Quairiat, Sébastien Cabour, Liang Heng, Zhu Yunyi, Huang Pang-Chuan, Liu Xianyin, Wang Wenhao
Oeuvres de Junkai Chen produites par Le Fresnoy :