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.
Born in Taiwan and educated at Goldsmiths College and Chelsea College of Art & Design, Yu-Chen Wang lives and works in London. She has exhibited extensively including exhibitions at Cornerhouse; FutureEverything, Manchester; Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam; Galerie L’Oeil de Poisson, Quebec City; FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, France; Camden Arts Centre, London; tank.tv; ICA, London.
The unusual layout of this book invites the viewer to determine their own experience of it – flipping it round, reading it from back-to-front – or, however the reader chooses – reflecting Wang’s studio practice where large-scale drawings are often hung at different angles, each time inviting another visual reading of the work.