Media: Mixed media, Video installation
Time length: 2'8'' now (work still in progress)
Exhibition: Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing, 2021-2022. Xie Zilong Photography Museum, Changsha, 2022
By utilizing ground-transmitted images and a self-directed satellite camera, Xu Bing integrates man-made pictures with those captured from an orbit, creating a captivating animation that blurs the boundaries between Earth and space. Imagine the “standard person'' traversing outer space, carrying a bundle in tow while words spill out of their baggage. As the satellite orbits around the earth 15 times each day, the language depicted in the animated spills changes in sychronization with the satellite’s position above certain geographical locations. This work represents far-reaching concepts that shape the existence of humanity such as language, human civilization, and linear time—reminding us to look back at our blue earth in the context of zero-gravity conditions in space, to cherish the only home we know: this one single small blue dot. As the audience witnesses this video within the confines of a gallery, the artwork unfolds simultaneously and ceaselessly in outer space.