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Zhang Peili:
Broadcast at the Same Time (1999.12.31 night)

Zhang Peili:
Broadcast at the Same Time (1999.12.31 night)

24 May 2024
Location: Main Hall
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Free entry

Broadcast at the Same Time (1999.12.31 night) (2000) is a video installation consisting of 26 CRT televisions positioned in a circle, each displaying a news clip from a different corner of the globe. The news clips, all from the last day of 1999, were collected from the internet by artist Zhang Peili. Visitors are invited to step into the centre of the installation to experience the commotion of evening news reports from the televisions. The work is set against the backdrop of the new millennium, an age of globalisation in which flows of data and information were no longer restricted by political or geographical borders. The array of images and sounds is a metaphor for a world in which technology is omnipresent and developing at breakneck speed—a precursor to the age of information overload in which we live today. Also, by using video to capture and re-create moments of temporality, the installation demonstrates how video as a medium can manipulate time-sensitive material.

About the Artist

Zhang Peili (b. 1957, Hangzhou) graduated in 1984 with a degree in oil painting from the Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou (later renamed China Academy of Art), where he currently holds a professorship. In 1985, he organised and participated in the exhibition 1985 New Space, and, in 1986, he became a founding member of the Pond Society, an association of Hangzhou artists. His 1988 work 30x30 is considered one of China’s earliest video art works.

Portrait of Zhang Peili. Photo: Huang Xiaolu. Courtesy of the artist.

In 1994, he moved away from painting to pursue new mediums, such as video, text, sound and mechanical installations, and photography. In 2003, he established the Department of New Media at the China Academy of Art, the first of its kind among Chinese art academies.

Zhang has participated in major international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale, Lyon Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, and Busan Biennale. He has also held solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Art Institute of Chicago, and Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent. His works are held in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, and M+ in Hong Kong.

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Image at top: Zhang Peili. Broadcast at The Same Time (1999.12.31 night), 2000. 26-channel Betacam-SP transferred to digital video (colour, sound) and CRT monitors, durations variable. M+ Sigg Collection, Hong Kong. By donation. © Zhang Peili. Image courtesy of the artist.