Yu Ji at Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project

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Pleased to share Yu Ji’s ongoing exhibition, Spontaneous Decisions II at Gallery 0 of the Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project.

Yu Ji’s artistic research over the past ten years has focused on the work of time in the face of the rapidly changing urban world. Her work evokes sculpture as a perpetual project in which mass, texture, materials and form compose a temporary landscape. Working in situ using each specific location and context, she creates a liminal space between two worlds, a sensitive field to host opposing forces and produce fertile accidents.

Spontaneous Decisions is the title of a series of performances that Yu Ji began in 2016. She initiated the project as part of her “Black Mountain” exhibition at the Beijing Commune Gallery (Bejing) and continued it in 2017 at am Space, a venue that she co-founded in 2008 in Shanghai as a space for exchanges, collaborative work and artistic presentations to share with local and visiting artists. The project is based on the activation of elements in her exhibition through a performance in which she shares the space with guest artists. She brings the materials of the installation into play through open scenarios to which each person brings their own reading.

In Gallery 0 of the Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Project, the artist develops another version of this project, based on a new installation. In the museum setting, she invites the spectator to reflect on the studio. The place of artistic activity is half revealed, showing a room within a room that will host creative work in progress during the first six days of the exhibition. The overall theme questions the driving principle of the decision in the artistic gesture: major or imperceptible, open or determined, methodical or improvised.

Three artists have also been invited to explore these principles and will participate in the exhibition alongside Yu Ji: electronic musician Yan Jun, performance artist Wu Meng and video artist Chen Zhou. Each one activates the space in his or her own way, interconnecting different temporalities with that of the plastic process. Live performance, sound and moving images contribute their own forms of expression and duration. These diverse, sedimented vibrations mix with the energies of the audience in an environment that offers an encounter with diverse experiences of sight and sound.

  • Courtesy of Centre Pompidou and West Bund Museum.

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