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Entering a Unique Hybridity and Consilience-New dimension of Wu Mingzhong's Art

 

Entering a Unique Hybridity and Consilience 
-New dimension of Wu Mingzhong's Art 
 
Wonil Rhee /Curator of BSi Art Collection, Switzerland
 
  In 19th century, German Thinker Karl Marx said "Human Science will involve Natural Science. Likewise, Natural Science will also face to Human Science. In nearest future, these two different sciences will merge into oneness." His words became a futuristic forecasting value which emerged and penetrated throughout the entire time and space of 20th century universe. 
 
  Nowadays, in our contemporary era of 21st century, Marx's science theory of Hybrid (or Cross-over exchange) between nature and human being has been evolved as a new status of "Consilience".The status and concept of "Consilience" is about gathering all different streams of knowledges, cultural studies, politics, and socio-economics.This new notion of "Consilience" means a new phenomenon or attitude of linking existing theories and realities. Marx's science theory was effective and valuable within the frame of "Materialism" which was the essence of 20th century. Whereas, in 21st century of "Information Era", in which all of human practices and mixed realities started to mingle from one to the others, this notion of consilience became more a new navigation system for contemporary human kind.
 
  As Scociobiologist Edward 0. Wilson pointed out, the faith of 21st century human kind entered a new horizon of "The Unity of Knowledge" in both physical reality and cyber reality. On the universal net work of today, transitional history, political issues, cultural economics and humanities is on the track of transforming through the passage of "Hybrid knowledges". In this new era of "Consilience", images and realities are becoming more and more like ghost-spirit which is floating in the middle of nowhere. In other words, today's images and realities are becoming more vulnerable and fragile in between "existence" and "absence" like the nature of a transparent "Glass".
 
  In this Era of "Consilience", Wu Minzhong's new works are constantly questioning about the fragility of human relations, which is in the state of being complicated situation of history, politic, economic, and culture throughout the transition from 20th century to 21st century. His unique methodology of conveying the notion of "Consilience" reflects the collapsed firm walls of the relations between human to human, object to object, space to space, time to time, and emotion to emotion. By using his own visual language of "glass" imagery that symbolized the fragility of universe and truth (not only human relations), Wu Mingzhong guides the viewer to rethink our ambiguous, fragile, and even dismantled human experiences. His images of politicians, objects, religious icons and lovers are rather to be appeared as a shape of ghost, which is unable to retreat as it is untouchable. Rather, these floating ghost images come in and out over and over again into our body, just like the air and wine in Mingzhong's own image of glass. At this point, I assume Wu Mingzhong may paradoxically dream about a more firm and concrete realities and relations by presenting his symbolic fragile images. After all, his painted imagery is representing the haunted, transferring relationship and socio-economic, cultural values in local and global perspective. Within this context, his 'fragile reality' is symbolizing the artificial reality of today, which is filled with uncertainty and unstableness.
 
  In his new series of "Friends", "Heart in a box", "Religious Icons", "Lovers", and "Sumo Wrestlers", I breathe the fragile "mixed reality zone" on the orbit of his thoughtful idea of Chinese local reality and global reality. It is a unique artistic observation and reflection on today's Hybrid and Consilience realities.
 
  Therefore, I manifest that Wu Mingzhong's new works present the grand narrative of the Hybridity and Consilience in 21st century by his own creative methodology.
 
  Moreover, his new trial of new medium of Internet art "Search for History" itself is another type of realization of his notion of "Consilience". In other words, his new Internet piece of "Search for History" is a new type of horizontal hybrid and consilience among the genre of painting and Internet art.   These "Horizontal Consilience" among different genres is a process of "mutual evolution" maintaining the nature of differences of genre. In this net of artistic consilience, new net-work in between two different genres proliferates together.
 
  Now, his new experimental artistic trials are leaping onto a new track of "Mixed Reality Zone", "Augmented Reality Zone", and "Horizontal Consilience Process". Standing on his new horizon of perspective, I see an artistic orbit of "Navier-Stokes Eqauation" by a thoughtful, penetrating sense of history and different time and space.
 
 

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