Yin Xiuzhen puts 14m minibus & Collective Unconscious

Yin Xiuzhen - Collective Subconscious
Yin XiuzhenCollective Subconscious, 2007, Minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music
1420 x 140 x 190 cm
Photo: Thomas Griesel/moma.org

About ‘Collective Subconscious’

Collective Subconscious is a large-scale interactive installation created by Beijing-based artist Yin Xiuzhen. She has spent the last twenty five years creating and displaying works that reflect her surrounding environment and her relationship with it. Her works are usually personal and environmentally engaging and typically site-specific. Collective Subconscious, which is composed of a bisected minivan connected by a long tube covered in a quilt made of found garments, allows viewers to enter and have a seat on a small bench, and listen to the Chinese pop song “Beijing, Beijing1 emitting from the speakers. It is ethereal and a place for contemplation, meant to break the silence traditionally present within the gallery space.

About Yin Xiuzhen

A leading figure in contemporary Chinese art, Yin Xiuzhen has worked primarily in site-specific installation and sculpture since the early 1990s. Her work addresses issues on both an environmental scale and a personal one, and often employs quotidian materials, including found textiles. Projects 92 presents her large-scale sculpture Collective Subconscious, which is composed of a bisected minivan connected by a long tube covered in a quilt made of found garments. The public is welcomed inside this transformed conveyance, where they will find a cozy refuge complete with low stools and soft pop music—a space that invites visitors to break the silence of the hushed gallery, reinventing it as a place for conversation and discussion.

Collective Subconscious has been exhibited at Centre Pompidou, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and NYC MoMA.

Photos

Yin Xiuzhen - Collective Subconscious, 2007, Minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music
Yin XiuzhenCollective Subconscious, 2007, Minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music
1420 x 140 x 190 cm

Yin Xiuzhen - Collective Subconscious, 2007, Minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music
Yin Xiuzhen – Inside of Collective Subconscious, 2007, Minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music
1420 x 140 x 190 cm

Yin Xiuzhen - Collective Subconscious, 2007, Minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music
Yin Xiuzhen – Inside of Collective Subconscious, 2007, Minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music
1420 x 140 x 190 cm

Yin Xiuzhen - Collective-Subconscious, 2007, Minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
Yin Xiuzhen – Detail of Collective Subconscious, 2007, Minibus, stainless steel, used clothes, stools, music
1420 x 140 x 190 cm
Photo: Prof. Hennner Herrrmanns/herrmanns.wordpress.com

All images by Beijing Commune & Yin Xiuzhen/pacegallery.com unless otherwise noted.

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