A metal sculpture packed with used newspapers as a direct reference to the splurge of irrelevant information in the contemporary world. Obsessed with media, Wang Du questions the implications of globalised information circulation. For Du, the media constitutes a post-reality in which the real world finds itself countered by a news-spun shadow.
For the exhibition Made by... Feito por Brasileiros, the artist boarded up windows and doors in all five buildings of the Matarazzo Hospital complex, packing them shut with old newspapers, prospectuses and obsolete computer monitors, erecting veritable “walls” of print and technological scrap generated by an increasingly info-junkie world.
“My only reference is the press, the papers. This banal, humdrum language. Media images constitute a language. We’re living in a time marked by the exponential intensification of industrial-grade information production. There is a holy alliance between media and trade, and it’s becoming hard to tell what the purpose of the media image is. Is it to inform? To sell? Unconsciously, perhaps, but not on a conscious level. To the reader, the images and facts reproduced by the western media have a lifespan of mere moments; they disappear with the turned page. In reality, though, the content of these images, which we flick through without due attention, is actually our daily reality. There is nothing more realist than news, but nothing more widely ignored in the daily information bombardment.” Wang Du
Wang Du’s career focuses on critiquing the media. One explicit example was the monumental trash can packed with TVs which he installed at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2004.