The Creation of a System, According to Lin Tianmiao
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Part of the "art apartment” generation - avant-garde movement in the panorama of Chinese art - Lin Tianmiao is one of the first female artists in the Nation to obtain international recognition. The Rockbund Art Museum presents her first personal exhibition in Shanghai, entitled Systems. The exhibition presents the first video installations, recent sculptural installations and three new interactive environments built of glass. The artist conceived of the entire environment in a single site-specific project, organising its narration through four sections, as if a psychological and sensorial voyage of understanding. Borrowing on a series of modern political and critical theories, such as contemporary psychology, Lin creates “systems” that examine, expose and re-envision the Self in relation to the mutable social and technological realities. The structures work on various levels: physical, through the physical connections created by the artist, allegorical and poetic. The human body is the principal theme which is explored, actively engaged within her works. Visitors find themselves forced to navigate among lines, plots and networks of objects - in a word, in the system.