Li Hui, CAGE.
Laser, metal, fog machine.
200 x 200 cms, height variable.
Li Hui’s CAGE at Ernst Schering Foundation, Berlin
Li Hui’s CAGE at
Ernst Schering Foundation, Berlin
June 23, 2011, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
The artist will be present.
June 24–October 1, 2011
Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
The exhibition will be closed July 25–August 14, 2011.
Ernst Schering Foundation
Unter den Linden 32-34
From June 24, 2011, the exhibition “CAGE” by Chinese artist Li Hui will be shown at the Ernst Schering Foundation’s Project Space on Unter den Linden. In his works, Li Hui creates unreal situations that have a dreamlike quality. In the exhibition room, the visitor is temporarily and randomly surrounded by a cage made of laser beams. Hui uses the cage, which encloses but does not harm the visitor, to explore individual boundaries and demonstrate how people are influenced by purely optical though physically irrelevant barriers. Visitors are confronted with both a liminal and a powerful visual aesthetic experience. The installation not only makes the visitor “inside the cage” examine his or her feelings, the “outside” observers, too, can watch the experiment and behavior of “those trapped inside.”
For Li Hui, materials such as acrylic, LED and laser light are the key elements of his installations and sculptures—not because he wants to demonstrate what the technology and the material can do, but to trigger feelings. Though Hui claims to be an apolitical person, his high-tech works criticize the problems of modern industry and the growing materialism of our times. Born in Beijing in 1977, the artist has already had much-noticed solo exhibitions in China, Taiwan, Indonesia, and at the Light Art Museum in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. In parallel with the exhibition at the Ernst Schering Foundation, Li Hui’s work is on view as part of the “Car Culture” exhibition at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe.
“The fusion of art and technology has to reveal a truth about humanity,” says the artist who makes ingenious use of the most advanced technology to create impressive works of art. For the Ernst Schering Foundation, “CAGE” clearly combines science and art: an aesthetic work of art, it is at the same time a scientific experiment that intervenes in, or influences, human action.
For more information about the exhibition or registration, please contact:
Ernst Schering Foundation
Unter den Linden 32–34
+49.30.20 62 29 66
The Ministry of Art Ltd.
Sanlitun Waijiao Gongyu
+86 187 0130 2394
+49 176 9627 6949
Courtesy of Li Hui und THE MINISTRY OF ART
Photographer: Li Hui.