On Materiality in Time
single channel video, color, 6min
Artist Guo Hong Wei uses time to consider the question of materiality- because all materials are affected by time, and necessarily differ from themselves, even seconds ago, presenting to us a process that is is irreversible. From this perspective, the understanding constructed regarding a thing a second ago (including the notion of materiality itself), and the actual thing- a product that has transformed in reality, forms a definitive disparity, presenting to us a dialogue ready to be activated.
From this perspective, he is inclined to think that every theory of judgment (posthumanism/neomaterialism), including creation of artists--these renewals on the ways of understanding things, are caused by the tear between an understandings of a thing that changed, and an unchanged mode of comprehension.
Song Yi is an independent curator and art critic who worked as a senior editor for LEAP Magazine. Recent curatorial projects include “Critical Mass: Hsieh Ying-chun and His Team” (Chongqing, Xi'an, 2015) and the "Local Movement Forum”, an on going project started in 2013, had presented in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing, Chengdu, and Xi'an. Earlier projects include serving as coordinator of the “Long March Project” that traced the Ho Chi Minh Trail through China, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in 2010, and working as the Beijing Section coordinator for the 2010 Shanghai Biennale. Songyi currently lives and works in Beijing, China.