AboutWe are excited to be hosting UK based artist Yu-Chen Wang's first book launch, which sees the release of her new work The Song of the Machines. After taking up a residency with the centre in 2010 and working across the city with organisations including Rogue Artist Studios, FutureEverything, Victoria Baths and Manchester Metropolitan University, we are delighted to see the book make its debut here in the North West.
Yu-Chen Wang's quasi-fictional book, The Song of the Machines features stories about the artist's life and her practice. Reality and fiction are blurred through the display of new work, documentation, critical texts and creative writing. Her work explores the notion of representation, distortion and transformation, and the transitional space between them. Using a mixture of drawings, objects, installation, performance and film, the artist constructs visual narratives to explore the concept of machines and energy, and art's potential in dreaming of and hoping for a better future.
The 96-page book will be published by Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester and distributed by Cornerhouse Publications. Writers include Jennifer Thatcher, Bob Dickinson, Georgia Korossi, Nicolas de Oliveira/Nicola Oxley, Rudyard Kipling, Sophia Crilly and Chelsea Pettitt. The book launch will also take place in The New Art Gallery Walsall on 24 November 2012 and Hayward Gallery, London on 02 December 2012.
Yu-Chen Wang's book project has been supported by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England