A 10,000-year view suggests that the work contains no definite form. When I gaze at this vast view of Hong Kong Harbor at the panoramic post card view, the nature beyond us seems disrupted. On the one hand, the view at front of me is the realm of physical and biological properties, with phenomena including light, shadows, shimmering reflection of water, air born dust, pollution and other particles. On the other hand, it is connected to us in many concrete ways: we look, we breathe in and out, we are enveloped in light. We strive to know what a thing is and how it appears. We are trying to narrow the separation between our perceptions and what the things themselves tell us. The discoveries of modern science constantly change the way we think about things and their ontologies, sometimes illusory appearance of a thing does not mean it does not exist. Like the light in this installation, existence is not a matter of black and white. Rather, many spectra of existence happen simultaneously. Just as light travels, this installation cannot be viewed in a solid, permanent state. Its multiplicities, its simulations, its changes, the correlations between visible and invisible temporality, and its radical ambiguity evoke a different reality. In the process of making this work, I hoped that it would show a coming together of the measurable and the immeasurable – a passage in both directions. It is a cognitive journey from our perception.
Zheng Chongbin sculpts light and space to shift our perspective of the sky and our place in the ever-changing world.
Art has always been a pathway to this fuzzy world. It's full of probabilities and chance – and so it was, working on this installation. The assembled fragmented pieces were never about fixing the object itself, but rather about the shifting relationship among the fragments, a resonance, a natural chemistry. Culture and nature need to share the same space; society, all living beings, this physical planet, this earth, are interconnected. This is the puzzle, the challenge we face: to create patterns that are cognizant of what we affect and are affected by. We have seen the shift of what we thought we knew to the revelations of an unknown reality. Our space is like an invisible, intertwined mesh – and this intertwining comes with complex interactions among multiple entities.