Banqiao Hutong 10
Cities consist of much more than the built environment and the physical space they occupy: they are experienced by and through the body. Each day millions of people travel with the subway, the arteries of the city. We move through the tunnels and tubes, from home to work. This determines our thinking, our movements and interactions.
Leng Yue and Xiaoxiao’s long-term project “Teleport Beijing” is exploring the relationship of the body and Beijing through a gymnastic system based on the Beijing subway.
The exhibition “Scenic Tunnel” is the second part of the long-term project, that was initiated in the end of last year with the launch of the gymnastic system at ii space. Starting from a system translating the imaginaries of urban mapping into human forms, each single subway stop of Beijing became its own movement. As a second step Lengyue and Xiaoxiao invited urban travelers with different routines, to dance their daily route. The gymnastic routine was then layered with visual recordings of each participants daily life. The city is expanding in high speed and commuting has become an important part of urban life, while representing urban development, real estate speculation, disconnected capitalist social structures and its influence on the urban citizens. One citizen often changes its identity from one place to the next.
Scenic Tunnel is a video installation, taking over the entire exhibition space, inviting the visitor to emerge into the urban gymnastic ritual. Further will visitors have the chance to put together their own gymnastic routine with the Teleport handbook.
About the artists:
Leng Yue and Xiao Xiao are a collective made up by an artist and a theater director. They have been working together since 2017.