ZHI Art Museum is pleased to present the exhibition Open, curated by Zhang GA, in collaboration with the Chronus Art Center, Shanghai, celebrating the long-awaited official inauguration of the museum which marks a new cultural signpost in southwest China. The exhibition brings to the public a highly idiosyncratic body of work by nine international artists: ZHANG Peili, Marnix De Nijs, Michael Joaquin Grey, Lawrence Malstaf, WANG Gongxing, Carsten Nicolai, WANG Yuyang and Chico MacMurtrie/Amorphic Robot Works. Their work accentuate the concept "open" as a form of initiation, a movement in which a new start gathers force and an unfolding which unleashes the force of potentiality. It evokes opening as an event that gets off the ground the pioneering undertaking ZHI museum aspires to accomplish.
Pneuma Fountain is Chico MacMurtrie/Amorphic Robot Works’ most recent inflatable robotic sculpture depicting organic transformation and movement at a monumental scale. Radiating from the center of the terrace prior to entering the museum, Pneuma Fountain consists of 8 translucent 4-meter-tall fabric arches that spring to life and change shape as they fill with air, rising up to the sky and curving back down again. They evoke streams of water in slow motion as they form an ephemeral circle 16 meters in diameter, emanating from a cylinder that houses the technological brain which uses software to interpolate and map the spatial coordinates and velocity of the sculpture’s movements. As the arches gradually release air, their crisp architectural forms yield to seemingly chaotic coils and other configurations that reflect their built-in kinetic “memory” and suggest another, more organic order. Pneuma Fountain’s continuous metamorphosis is designed to engage and transform the space around it. The work manifestly captures and anticipates the unfolding theme of open as a contemplative experience of movement, air, light and architecture.
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