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Ling He

Wish exchange dandelion

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Curated by Mary Lou Arscott

Artist Statement

What good is a playful dream, a wish, if it stays laden down inside? The forest of balloons with wishes written on their ribbon strings asks visitors to release one of their brethren and replenish the vacancy with their own wish balloons. This metabolism of anonymous request and generosity keeps refreshing the atmosphere within the confinement of the room, gaining a confusion of role between the displayed and the viewer, a wisher, a suppressor, a granter. Meanwhile, my wish to explore generosity is dispersed through 99 puzzle pieces traveling in balloon style that would spirit innocent spotters to return them, with drawings on their backs, to the gallery. Neither the puzzle nor the room has a right answer – it is defined by how much each participant would like to give.

When

2012

About The Artist

Ling He is a specialist in a world of architectural fiction and fantasy.

Curated by Mary Lou Arscott

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