Wood, amplifiers, media players, transducers, sound
Sound: In collaboration with Yingjia (Lemon) Guo
The sculpture simulates the shape of a Chinese character "拆" (chai - to dismantle), and is placed in the corner of the room with field recordings and projection. This character appears on buildings targeted by the Department of Demolition in China. The conjoint metal parts are engraved with the English word "China". "China" has a very similar pronunciation with the Chinese phrase "拆哪" (chai na - where to dismantle). Field recordings from the urban village are played through the transducers on the sculpture.
In 2013, Chinese president Xi promoted the Chinese Dream as a slogan in a high-profile visit to the National Museum of China. He said "young people should dare to dream, work assiduously to fulfill the dreams and contribute to the revitalization of the nation". In this case, with urban villages in Shenzhen as demolishing target, like the storm swept, there is going to be nothing left for lots of working class and young people who are going to lose their economical and convenient rental place. Many of them hold their dream life into the city through their affordable and cheap accommodations. Will the demolition wake up the 'Chinese dream'?