Panel discussion: Disputing Territories
Huang Yong Ping, Bâton-Serpent II,
Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing
26 September 2015
After the first phase of the project in the MAXXI, Rome, where it focused on the question of the impacts of diverse religious on geopolitical reality and the future of the world, “Bâton-Serpent” is arriving in Beijing’s Red Brick Museum. Endowed with a transformed reincarnation, it is also diverted from the question of religious confrontations. In this new project, which combines some major works from the MAXXI exhibition and newly introduced works, Huang Yong Ping addresses the question of territorial disputes as the main cause of the restructuring of the power relationship in both domestic and global societies today. Zoning becomes the new strategy to occupy and transform the museum’s spatial structure, hence, its cultural and political meanings. Inspired by the recent international negotiations on the “Air Defense Identification Zone” that has intensified the process of reorganization of the global order, Huang Yong Ping turns the museum into a new “theatre of the world”, in which humanized animals in various embodiments – un-skinned snakes, a mad cow and sheep, horses, birds, deer, boars, oxen and lions with heads and bodies separated – are playing out scenes of circus, battle, destruction, apocalypse and exile.