Calm: Perception and Disaster

Chinese art collective Made In Company (Xu Zhen)  have produced a rather unsightly yet inconspicuous art installation on display in Vancouver, Canada. Outside the downtown Shangri-La Hotel, lies a large rectangle of rubble. However these are no ordinary remnants from a demolition site.

MadeIn Company, Calm, 2013. Mixed-media installation at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite. Photo courtesy of Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery.

MadeIn Company, Calm, 2013. Mixed-media installation at Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite. Photo courtesy of Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery.

When you step on the surface amid all the debris and broken bricks, the ground begins to wobble bouncing up and down like a giant water bed. The installation titled Calm signifies the the inert reaction that follows a violent event while also, rather playfully challenging the onlookers perception of reality.

“Calm alludes to the stillness that follows a disaster, while simultaneously embodying the threat of latent and imminent danger that precedes a proverbial storm. The piece’s ambiguity questions ways of observing, believing and understanding facts, reminding us that truth is not always what it seems.”

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