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Ritual of Cathode Ray Tube & Original paint paper animation, 2012-2013, five-channel simultaneous animation video installation, original animation drawings, 4 min 35 sec. Collection of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.




Ritual of Cathode Ray Tube & Original paint paper animation, 2012-2013, five-channel simultaneous animation video installation, original animation drawings, 4 min 35 sec. Collection of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.




Ritual of Cathode Ray Tube & Original paint paper animation, 2012-2013, five-channel simultaneous animation video installation, original animation drawings, 4 min 35 sec. Collection of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.





ZHANG XU zhan

The First Genre: Sacrifice and Salvation



The interface of the screen is regarded as a media score, and the temporal process of transmitting cathode ray tube’s luminescence imaging to naked eyes as a ritual or reincarnation. The interface is penetrated through “desire,” to restore the scene of stories in the press, a chaos of public opinions manipulated by the media is full of strange, absurd, and angry confusion.

The overall time of the video is regarded as the cycle from the beginning to the end of a program. The work features multiple storylines simultaneously played on five channels, creating live scenes that are sometimes the same and sometimes different in linear time.

Zhang’s animations also frequently explores the paintings and objects produced through an individual’s creative process of images over a long period of time, and reassemble and reinterpret the objects. This work took 18 months to produce, as he worked manually to challenge the industrial process of the film industry. Iconic continuous drawings have been selected from the archived original drawings to comprehensively disclose the original creative prototype of the work.

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Born in 1988, Zhang Xu zhan specializes in creating a riotous profusion of paper effigies ranging from luxurious mansions and oversized paper dolls to paper-pasted mythological animals and flowers. Zhang is also proficient in employing diverse media such as animation, video art, and experimental film, stop-motion paper doll and multi-channel video installation, and employs a wide range of artistic forms. His artworks not only revolve around absurd and bizarre images, but also encapsulate his wry observations on strange social phenomena and the cul-de-sac his family business (memories) faces, transforming all kinds of contemporary life experience into surreal, bizarre images.