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Communication Series 2
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Communication Series 2, 1999 - Cang Xin
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About Communication Series 2
Cang Xin's Communication is an ongoing piece that began in 1996. Engaging with the world at large with his tongue—one of the most intimate and sensitive parts of the body—Cang's performance represents an internalizing of knowledge ...Read More
Cang Xin's Communication is an ongoing piece that began in 1996. Engaging with the world at large with his tongue—one of the most intimate and sensitive parts of the body—Cang's performance represents an internalizing of knowledge and a religious communion with place/person/thing. This exploration of phenomenal reality is largely based upon the Buddhist idea that there is a unity between the self and the the world around us. Available only on Artspace, this limited edition print documents the course of Cang Xin's Communication Series 2, the artist's most well known performance art to date. In this highly-evocative sequence of 54 images, we see the artist licking an assortment of symbolic items related to China and its history. The meaning and cultural significance is left for the audience to decide.Read Less
About the Artist
About Cang Xin
Although he received no formal training, Cang Xin became interested in art (as well as rock and roll) while he was at music school. For ...Read More
Although he received no formal training, Cang Xin became interested in art (as well as rock and roll) while he was at music school. For him art is more than technique: it is a way of life that sits easily with his self-conception as a modern-day shaman, heir to the nature-magic tradition of his native Mongolia. Cang holds the profound belief that all things have spirit—both animate and inanimate objects and he approaches his work as a means to promote harmonious communication with nature. As one of China's most celebrated performance artists, he first seized the public imagination with Communication (1996-2006), a ritual-performance series in which he licked, or tasted, everything from cockroaches and cobblestones to banknotes and a portrait of Jean-Paul Sartre. His works have included bathing with lizards, adorning the clothing of strangers, and prostrating himself on icy glaciers: each act representing a ritual of becoming the other.Read Less
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