XU BING: PHOENIX

"Drawing inspiration from the contemporary realities of his fast-changing country, Chinese artist Xu Bing spent two years creating his newest work, Phoenix. The installation features two monumental birds fabricated entirely from materials harvested from construction sites in urban China, including demolition debris, steel beams, tools, and remnants of the daily lives of migrant laborers. At once fierce and strangely beautiful, the mythic Phoenixes bear witness to the complex interconnection between labor, history, commercial development, and the rapid accumulation of wealth in today's China." MASS MoCA

The film Xu Bing: Phoenix documents the process of creating the work through to its installation at the Massachusettes Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).


TEAM

DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY: Daniel Traub

EDITOR: Scott A. Burgess

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Daniel Traub, Rick Widmer, Tian Li

MUSIC: Benjamin Kaplan and Hildur Gudnadottir

PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH: Freer/Sackler Museum and Xu Bing Studio

RELEASED: 2013

RUNNING TIME: 17:30

DISTRIBUTION

Xu Bing: Phoenix can be streamed on Kanopy or purchased from the distributor Magic Lantern Films.

DISTRIBUTOR: Magic Lantern Films

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