I Play You Play We Play


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Geometric wood chips,a kind of children’s toys

YEAR: 2014 Oct
DURATION: 3 mins
SOUND/Zhang Xuan

To play is in the nature of man, and so is to create. This work takes the form of a stop-motion animation and documents the process of the game of creation. Multiple woodblocks in the basic geometric shapes of circle, equilateral triangle and square are constantly combined, transformed and moved in a jigsaw game, so that they bring into being figures, living creatures, artificial objects, spectacles as well as events. The inspiration behind the work stems from the game of building blocks and jigsaws, in the process of which the artist experiences flashes of ideas and continuous association or creation of images. These images are spread out with a complete piece of music running through it.

It is among man’s most fundamental desires to create. We keep forging ahead usually to try out new possibilities and to assure our advancement. There is at first imitation and transcendence, and then comes the loss of control, in the end, we have new orders and new beginnings. In my artistic creation, I have always been raising questions such as: What is the connection between memories and conduct? What else implications are behind the geometric figures? (By Chai Mi)


  • 2016 Festival Images Contre Nature, PR. ANIME / ANIMATED program, Marseille, France
  • 2016 Animamix Biennale China short artistic Animation program, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
  • 2016 Reel Teal Film Festival, best international selections,University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA
  • 2016 Animac, 19th International Animation Film Festival of Catalonia, PETIT ANIMAC sessions , Lleida, Spain
  • 2015 Chinese film festival, animation program, hold by the Confucius Institute and centre intermones, La Rochelle, France
2015 New Direction in Chinese Animation screening program and speech, ICA (The institute of contemporary art), Boston, USA

  • 2015 Animation screening program and speech

    , Northeast university, Boston, USA

  • 2015 24th St. Louis international Film Festival (SLIFF), experimental program, St. Louis, USA
  • 2015 HAVERHILL International Experimental Film Festival, official selection, Haverhill, USA
  • 2015 10th Athens Animfest International Animation Festival, Official Experimental Section, Athens, Greece.
  • 2015 In Motion Animation Festival 2015 Peacock Visual Arts (center for contemporary art), Aberdeen, UK
  • 2015 CAGN (China animation & Game Network) China Indie animation night, screening program and speech, Shanghai, China
  • 2014 3rd edition of China independent animation film forum (CIAFF), Beijing, China
  • 2014 – 2015 Forum of China Independent Animation Annual Showcase Tour, the screening place including: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Jinan University, South China Normal University stepped classroom, Hubei Institute of Fine Arts (HIFA), Nanjing Arts Institute Art Museum, School of Communication University of China Nanguang, Chengdu Neusoft University, Southwest University for Nationalities, Sichuan art Career Academy, Chengdu Academy of Fine Art, Xihua University, Chengdu University teaching building studio, School of Sichuan Fine Art Institute
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