Born in Shanghai in 1957, lives and works in Shanghai.
Hu Jieming is one of the pioneers of digital video and media art in China. His most important themes are time, memory, and the merging of past and present.

Tai Chi, 2014

Kinetic installation with video projectors / Bones of synthetic material with embedded projectors, aluminum connecting frames with motors, mechanics, sensors
4200 × 8000 × 3700 cm

“Tai Chi” consists of over 200 artificial bones. Specifically developed mechanics with motors are concealed in this structure, and video projectors are inserted in the bones as well. With these mechanics, the artwork moves very slowly through the darkened exhibition space. Thanks to the sensors, the artwork is able to recognize the walls of the space and change direction. To achieve this, a lot of development work was required. The Kunstgiesserei designed all of the mechanics. Extensive research and testing were done to create the steering. A 1:1 model of wood was used to perform movement experiments and structural stress tests. An aluminum structure was ultimately selected as a framework, since it is able to absorb the forces exerted and is at the same time light enough to be able to move.

Different types of bones were first hand-modeled in clay in their final dimensions. In the process, joints and drive shafts were adjusted. Pieces of wood served as placeholders for the projectors. The bones were then cast in synthetic material in the rotational casting process. The hollow spaces were already planned into the castings in order to be able to later insert the projectors and mechanics. The positioning of the aluminum structure was also already taken into consideration in the casting process. The synthetic material was dyed in the bone color desired so that only minimal post-pigmenting was necessary.

“Tai Chi” moves smoothly, slowly, and supply.