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Stardust Museum——Meng Site Solo Exhibition

Stardust Museum

By Fu Xiaodong

 

On September 23, 2017, Space Station will launch the Stardust Museum, which is the second exhibition of Meng Site who is a spirited artist born in 1988. In exhaustive details Meng depicted an imaginary museum that came in all shapes and sizes: with the combination of the transcendental and naturalism, it attempted to make possible a non-materialist and realist world based on a deeper material basis in the way in which God, physical elements, and libidinal drive mixed in a temporal and spatial context, in which there is no distinction between the past and the future as well as the virtual and the reality. He presented the pure nature of rational project and the magical strength from inorganic knowledge-generation as specific and perceivable simulacra, as well as the juxtaposition of the collection and combination of things within the museum; and focused on such an absurd and dramatic display space, so that watching the visitors made the self-subject and watched object of the self-included visit logic overlapped and wobbled each other. The museum of natural history and science laboratory are the authority on the establishment and storage of knowledge, and theirs established might discourse power and civilization system has become the most authoritative force; accordingly, an impregnable set of discourse of power established by the philosophy of technology and social structure has become the totem of the truth in the form of picture. Mathematics, geometry, physics, astronomy, and theology, all of which seems to be logical, but how they exist virtually in a museum Meng created in an absolute time? In the work, the visitor who attends to the museum would be hesitant without the beings in the museum in a detached way, thus how we, as the viewer’s viewer, identify the recurring progress caused by the differences between the object and the concept and the differences beyond concept?

 

The museum is the evidence of the system of value and knowledge of various layers of each stage in human civilization, and different knowledge systems are compressed into flat images and fragments. Common things suggested the forgotten collective consensus of the past because of the events behind them and the literature as evidence. The museum likes a forum where various schools of thought competed with each other. If the universe is a constant and civilization is a coincidence, then the natural history museum is the universe as a whole, taking up a position of non-humanitarian. Visitors explored the original novelty in the valley of terror, as the interpretation of civilization has become a part of the exhibits. Scientific epistemology has become a generalization of knowledge, and the generalization is the truth without truth, under which human assumed to be without subjectivity have no the intrinsic. The Stardust Museum revealed the gap between culture and nature in terms of the universe -- a classic debate between naturalistic/materialistic tendency and anthropocentrism hermeneutics – and treated the four aspects of modern philosophy in terms of aesthetics: absolute, system, phenomenology, and knowledge.

 

As an active participant in The Eighth Day: Artist Visiting Scientific Laboratory Project, Meng Site took the curious spirit of The Eighth Day, which is not some mysticism but the real spirit of science, and which, refusing the intuitional power as well as the trend of reductionism, embraced an attitude of openness, an attitude that leads the cognition away from the existing knowledge, and raises the small probability events broken through the oppressive structures from the rigid pattern of the political/economic interests. The familiar nostalgia and ideological traces of the 1980s in his works also made all the information intimate and sensitive. He built body politics about community and institution by old-fashioned architecture, simple clothes, and collectivist life experiences. Combining social relations, various subjectivities and experience forms with science and neurogenic emotions, the reflection on civilization and knowledge system was shaped in the form of oil painting images and colors.


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