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Commentary

GERMANY

Living in Time

Contemporary artists from China

Louise Garrett

ZHANG PEILI, Expand Constantly, 2000, video installation.

In Wang Gongxin's video Fly (2000), shown as part of the exhibition 'Living in Time' at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin in 2001, the flight path of a frenzied fly is traced on a thick semi-opaque screen. The vexatious droning of the fly insinuates itself into the viewer's space on one side, and into the space behind the screen where a man's tortured visage is being erased by the fly's inexplicable doodling. The screen…

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