“Ultra Form” comprises three installation works: ”Truth column”, “Knowledge ball” and “On the correct way of using the advanced verb”. The artist expresses that“Ultra Form” is a “radical” process of understanding realistic ideology. It is a state which avoids being modeled on consciousness, denies reality being correct, builds self aesthetic order, and change cognitive reality by inertia.
“Truth column” is an installation with 15 sets of television showing video footage taken from online news broadcast. Song Xi randomly inserts his own image into the news videos at a rate of 25 frames per second. When the videos are playing in a normal way, his own image will jump to the front of the screen randomly. It is difficult for the naked eye to capture a clear image.
“Knowledge ball” is a sculpture/installation composed of nearly 200 books in the shape of “balls”. Song Xi tore pages off 199 used books, layering the pages up, eventually forming them into balls’ shape.
In “On the correct way of using the advanced verb”, Song Xi sculptures shapes freely with aluminum foil paper on wooden panel. Each action was regarded as a form of “word”. On completion, forms created are considered to be stated, clarified, correct and advanced, judging by Song Xi’s standard.
Born in China in 1983, Song Xi graduated with a B.A. from Dalian Light Industry Institute in 2006. In 2015, Song Xi won “Tomorrow Contemporary Sculpture Award” with his work “One cubic centimetre tear drop”.
Song Xi pays special attention to the body as the medium of expression in his artistic creation. He believes that political attribute is buried in the intensity of ideology of socialised body. The sensuality of the body, the temperature derived from emotion and pain form fundamental support for his creation. Warmth, hidden in the works of minimalist style, creates certain unknown relationship among the physical, the emotional and the material. Often, “wrong” judgment happens due to unfamiliar cognition and dissociation of experience in the order of inertia, causing intentional damage to the emotion as well as the body. Song Xi hopes to establish new order based on the existing system when outputting art, in addition to exploring the relationship between art and society.