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2003, 200x120x200cm, video, brick, iron

Shown in 50th Venice Biennale


In the early 1990s, Lin began using brick – the basic building block of the city – as the principal element in his 

performances. Six of these performances are shown in Hotbed as video documentations. In 100 pieces and 1000 pieces and The Result of 1000 pieces, the artist challenges the audience to rethink the value of money, its social function, and our attitudes 

towards it. In 1995, Lin performed his 

groundbreaking work, Safely Maneuvering across Lin He Road. During this performance, Lin moved a wall, brick by brick, across one of the busiest streets in Guangzhou. Aside from causing a serious disruption to the traffic, the performance captured the profound changes that are driven by urbanization. Building on the knowledge gained from Safely Maneuvering across Lin He Road, Lin adapted the work to articulate a critical moment in Hong Kong’s history. Executed in 1996, Drive Shaft captured the anxiety caused by looming social and political changes 

© lin yilin 2018

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