드림 딜리버리 Dream Delivery_젱 유안 Zheng Yuan

드림 딜리버리 Dream Delivery_젱 유안 Zheng Yuan

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China / 2018 / Color / Sound / 9min 8sec / HD

Description
An exhausted delivery rider sprawled on the bench of a roadside park and fell asleep safe and sound. In the dream composed of a long take, laborers gathered together in a Shanzhai park in the desert where dynamic riders became static “statues,” forming a contrast with the speed and efficiency they pursued inexhaustibly around the clock. The all-star lineup of contemporary laborers revealed the other side of Chinese economic miracles: an increasingly homogeneous urban life infused with technology and capital as well as new kinds of labor and social exploitation — perpetual mobility with speed and labor without rest. In 24/7 by Jonathan Crary, sleep was described as something rarely available in the contemporary capitalist society. And in China, at the forefront of global capitalism, sleep has become a costly risk for these mobile people. In surreal and extremely realistic dreams, the artist made an attempt to capture the elements of fatigue and anxiety in this era — ceaseless mobility day-to-day is frozen in the virtual world, while unremembered faces in real life deserve close-ups in imaginary dreams.

Bio
Zheng Yuan lives and works in Beijing. His works address the question about image-based representation that embodies the state of contemporary culture, history and technology. In 2018, he participated in group shows “OFFLINE BROWSER - Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition” at Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei; “Cosmopolis #1.5: Enlarged Intelligence”, Chengdu; “New Metallurgists” at Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf; and “Long March Project: Building Code Violations - Special Economic Zone” at Times Museum, Guangzhou. In 2017, his project Up in the Air is solely exhibited at Taikang Space, Beijing. His works are also screened at film festival including the 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (2019), 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival (2017), and European Media Art Festival (2016). In 2016, he stayed in New York as a resident artist at PRACTICE. He received his MFA in Film, Video, New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015.

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