at Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

PCAI collection artist Wu Tsang will be presenting her immersive installation Of Whales at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, in February. The homonymous exhibition is curated by Soledad Gutiérrez, chief curator of TB21.

Of Whales an epic looped installation and psychedelic ocean environment generated from XR (“extended reality”) technologies. The video work, commissioned for and debuted at the 2022 edition of the 59th Venice Biennale, is referring to Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick and is imagined from the perspective of the Whale. The immensity of the ocean becomes a symbol of the unknown, its reflections gesture to the presence of oblique perspectives and complexify the idea that any point of view is singular or straightforward.

Exhibition curator Soledad Gutiérrez Rodríguez said: “This exhibition is an invitation to sense an alternative cosmology around one of the mythical narratives of our time and experience it through the eyes of the Whale. It is an exploration on the potential of an embodied critical knowledge production and the role of public programs in transforming cultural institutions into public spaces”.

Tsang’s work crosses genres and disciplines, from narrative and documentary films to live performances and video installations. She is a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow, and her projects have been presented at museums, biennials, and film festivals internationally.

Image credits: Wu Tsang “Of Whales”, (2022), 59th Biennale Arte, The Milk of Dreams. Photo: Matteo de Fina
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