Yushu Wu is an artist, a short stay in London, born and raised in China, BA in Advertising, Jilin University, China. MA in Contemporary Art Practice, Royal College of Art, UK.
Agnes, my diegetic name, is another name I use in film and writing to portray a borderline, "there's always a border, a line of flight or flow, only we don't see it". The installations and sculptures respond to my desire to hold the gaze between the intended and the accidental and to prolong the moment between "not yet" and "present".
My current presentations and presents respond to my passionate research in landscape and diaspora, filmic form of language, the stalemate of limbo in social mechanism, the psychic atmosphere in medium studies, the recent domineering viewpoint of cybernetics and information theory.
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Basic Needs is conceived as one half of a juxtaposed pair, echoing the title of the film Dysfunction. Unlike the juxtaposition of two divided screens in the film, the imagery chases each other and the ceaseless flow of energy builds up in the turbulence and movement. The lack of subtitles in a movie reduces its readability, bringing it closer to a noise lingering in one's mind. The juxtaposition of the concepts of Basic Needs and Dysfunction slices an opening rip for potentially stagnant emotions. The installation mimics the display method of merchandising retail shelves, with three hundred packages neatly suspended on the slatwall hooks. Whereas I refused to accept a whole set of display solutions for maximum efficiency, I replaced the display panel with clay, filling the gap between the shelf structure and the wall and re-stabilizing the structure.
On the new, spontaneous, and anti-efficient structure, the question "What are the Basic Needs?" is raised again. What are they now, when they are removed from their functional and practical environment?
The installation is working in progress, list the collages experiment in next pages.