In the middle of the Biennale café-restaurant, MadeIn has installed a violently lit garden containing all kinds of plants. Ferns, bamboo, cacti, pearl grass and other plants map out a path whose course we discern – the overlaid trajectories of demonstrations and notable riots – on the walls of the café. In Movement Field MadeIn relates a Zen garden, which people in the West idealise as the absence of conflict, to demands that grow more and more visible thanks to exposure on the social networks. A café, a place of conviviality and rest, is the right place to display this work. It intensifies the contrasts, in the same way as, in the course of a conversation, despite outward appearances of agreement, horrendous conflicts still show through. This work by MadeIn (an ironic and anonymous pseudonym evoking the tag “Made in China”) is concerned with the beliefs and modes of organisation that characterise our societies. In this sense, the idea of a museum is like that of the Zen garden : aform that doesn’t tell the whole truth. This is why, for Lyon, MadeIn wanted to relate them to each other. Realizing that an act is the prime manifestation of a thought and that all beliefs are embodied in rituals, MadeIn sought to translate the spirit of the world by collecting up the finest acts, those acts that embody the finest beliefs, whether religious or sporting. Physique Of Consciousness Museum involves ten exercises, going from the easiest to the most difficult, that amount to observations on our behaviour and the absurdity of our convictions. The ridiculously kitsch nature of these is to be seen in the showcases of this encyclopaedic museum from a new world, which acts as a fake serious epigraph to the café-restaurant.
The work by Xu Zhen / Produced by MadeIn Company,was made thanks to the support of Maison ZILLI, official sponsor of the Biennale de Lyon, and to the technical support of TARVEL.
With the kind support of Maison ZILLI, official partner of the 12th Biennale de Lyon , White Rabbit Contemporary Chinese Art Collection, Mr Shen Qibin and Mrs Lin Moru.