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Seven Chambers, Dalian, China

Wednesday 16 Feb 2011

Illuminating individual interpretation

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Seven individual capsules provide platform for private art collection in Dalian 

Cheungvogl has released new images of its ‘Seven Chambers’ art museum project in Dalian, China – a series of individual compartments housing the works of a private art collection. The seven chambers are designed to cut the visitor, the exhibited art of the private collection and the occasional cultural and communal events out of the context of the present to create a moment of individual reception, reflection and interaction with the long lasting history of China without any influence of singular materiality of temporary circumstances. This approach aims to create the opportunity of a silent encounter with various objects and art pieces, documenting thousands of years of Chinese history to the present day.

The materiality of the physical context is left in the dark, whereas the objects stand artificially lit from above, ‘mimicking the rays of light on a day somewhere in history that will not end’ and suggesting an individual timeless focus onto their appearance and unexplained aim of creation. Other than in conservative exhibitions, the purpose is not to showcase a set of art pieces and put these into the order of a catalogue, but to travel through time on a dark path, guided by the light shining from chamber to chamber.

The visitor is left alone with their individual reception and interpretation of cultural, religious, social or political expression and intention of the exhibits. 5,000 years of history are taken out of the temporary reception and interpretation of political and economic currency to enable a personnel encounter with the heritage which led to the present day.

In contrast to the timeless interior spaces, a subliminal sound installation outside the seven chambers invites the visitor to experience and exercise body and mind in direct relation to its surroundings and practice Tai Chi Chuan, an elemental traditional Chinese understanding of coherency of individual and context.


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