catalogue Du Zhen Jun
To say Du Zhenjun’s artworks could initiate interactivity with the audience, they also cause the audience to completely indulge themselves as part of the art. The great “火球” installation at the top of the dome is one such piece that totally captivates the audience. Inside the ball, we can see giant flames graphics being escalated; and the flicking a cigarette lighter off by the audience will then set forth the graphics. It has, with it, a stunning effect. The distinctive flags seem to be fluttering proudly along the wind at one moment and to be burning and treaded upon the next. This installation piece is best presented with a collective crowd because only a collective can light a fire so great it can burn all the flags of the world. The obliteration of the colors representing a nation can be upsetting for some, but here, it is merely the result of the collective and it accurately brings back the long forgotten cynical and resentful sentiments. The thick smoke seems to suggest the craziness of suicidal and massacre. As the next group of audience approaches, the thick smoke slowly dissipates.
By / Dominique Moulon [ http://www.newmediaart.eu ]