Xi Li

Brain Island (sampler) (2019)

1 min 41 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

"'Brain Island' is an ongoing work which "presents a picture of a hypothetical heterotopian country through a lens of religion and philosophy while using the multi-dimensional space of contemporary urban architecture and postmodern fantasy. The setting of the different spaces in Brain Island develop from Michel Foucault’s concept of "the other space", first proposed in 'The Order of Things' (1966). Four systems of ‘spaces’ are addressed in the work: well-ordered and perfect spaces that also contradict each other in the real world; different cultures and buildings that can be subtly juxtaposed with different dimensions and times; spaces that allow conditional entry following a ceremony of eligibility, and a space that is different from the Utopian fantasy, where Heterotopia is based on reality, it is orderly, but there is no absolute form."

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