Xu, Bing

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Digital access to this material is pending artist's approval. Materials may be viewed onsite at the Goldsen Archive, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Cornell University.

My generation matured through a complicated mix of experiences. There was ten years of Socialist education, ten years of the Cultural Revolution, ten years of the Open Door policy, and ten years of Westernization. All of these complexities can be seen in my work. However the ten years of the Cultural Revolution--Mao's culture--were the most influential, because during that period I grew from 12 to 22 years of age.

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    2008 Rockefeller New Media Foundation Proposal
    Xu, Bing (2009-06-08T19:25:34Z)
    Book from the Ground is a multi-media artwork with various visual and interactive components. It is a work-in-progress that first truly began to take shape in 2003. The overarching goal of the project is to assemble a universal language of icons from preexisting sources, to edit and reduce these icons to their most fundamental and easily recognizable visual elements and then to create a database; a multi-lingual, web-based chat-program; and a full-length novel written exclusively in this new language.