Xu Bing. Dragonfly Eyes

In a Wall Street Journal article a security expert estimated that more than 100 million security cameras are installed in China, capturing (almost) every scene of public life. Xu Bing uses this material to produce the first film in which the more costly and elaborate traditional film production process is replaced by web camera recordings. In “Dragonfly Eyes” we see spectacular scenes like car crashes, street fights, and storms as well as banal everyday incidents from the perspective of a protagonist who has her appearance surgically changed again and again.

With amazing inventiveness, Xu Bing develops a new visual language for the digital age, in which real events from China’s everyday life coalesce into an overriding narrative. He set up a live stream surveillance centre in the great Glass Hall of the Lehmbruck Museum, where 16 laptops simultaneously recorded the real life scenes from which he compiled his film.

Duration: 10 June to 2 September 2018

Xu Bing’s exhibition “Dragonfly Eyes” is the first “Sculpture 21st” presentation on the subject of “Postdigital”. “Postdigital” is supported by the Stiftung Kunst, Kultur und Soziales of the Sparda-Bank West and the Mercator Stiftung.

In cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Deutsch-Chinesischen Kulturellen Austausch e.V. (GeKA) and the Konfuzius-Institut Metropole Ruhr