Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Installations of numbers
A massive, impressive exhibition based on the digits 1-9. As objective and void of meaning they may seem, they all can be used to express something important.
A giant wall of illuminated numbers, all counting down from 9 to 1, then
starting all over again. They never reach 0. All units run in different speed, and the
order of counting is turned in to a massive chaos, where the eye is not
allowed to rest.
Floating Time detail
A large fallic statue of changing numbers in all kinds of sizes and colours, all working in different speed. They are supposed to add up to 167,000,000, the estimated number of lives lost to war, revolution, violent conflict and genocide in the 20th century. But just as impossible it would be to count exactly the number of lives lost, it is impossible to add all the number displayed in one instant.
Exhibition web page here