Walker Art Center

Theater of the World
1993
Huang Yong Ping, <span class="wac_title">Theater of the World,</span> from <span class="wac_title">Theater of the World--Bridge</span>

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Huang Yong Ping, Theater of the World, from Theater of the World--Bridge
Is Theater of the World an insect zoo? A test site where various species of the natural world devour one another? A space for observing the activity of “insects”? An architectural form as a closed system? A cross between a panopticon and the shamanistic practice of keeping insects? A metaphor for the conflicts among different peoples and cultures? Or, rather, a modern representation of the ancient Chinese character gu1? —HYP

1. Composed of three insects superimposed upon a plate, the character gu means vicious things or evil spells.


Related Links
Walker Top Tens of 2007, part three
http://blogs.walkerart.org/offcenter/2008/01/10/walker-top-tens-2007-no3/
Walker blogs, Off Center: Lists


Concepts, Influences & Motifs
I-Ching
Taoism
Censorship
Panopticon
Snake
Gu
Foucault, Michel
Turtle