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Wang Bing - The Walking Eye

Artist: Wang Bing

Publishers: LE BAL - Roma Publications - delpire & co

Eight iconic films are presented in this first referential book about the work of Chinese filmmaker Wang Bing. For him, making films stems from an urgent need to question his own time, his own country; to establish an alternative to the official media coverage that oscillates between propaganda and censorship. Bing also pushes the limits of documentary language by harnessing the democratising possibilities of digital filmmaking. His attention to people and to things is captured in lengthy films, enabling viewers to see things up close, as near as possible to reality and truth.

This major 832-page book, edited by Diane Dufour, Dominique Païni and Roger Willems, unfolds a selection of videograms made at the turn of the century that have seen the radical transformation of Chinese society. Far from the great masterful stories or the films of denunciation, the book translates by the accumulation of images, details, how Wang Bing records, slowly, patiently, the precariousness of these lives in the intimacy of their reality. The second part of the book features a collection of texts by art historians, theorists and film critics, university professors, museum curators and philosophers.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition "Wang Bing - The Walking Eye" at LE BAL in 2021.

Publication date:2021
Number of pages: 832 pages
Number of images: 747 images
Weight: 1,39 Kg.
Dimensions: 16 × 23 cm
Language:French or English


The second part of the book offers a set of unpublished texts by authors selected for the relevance of their analyses of Wang Bing’s work: Ada Ackerman (art historian, research fellow at the CNRS), Julie Ault (artist, curator, writer and editor), Alain Bergala (film theorist and critic, former editor and director of collections at Cahiers du cinéma), Teresa Castro (lecturer in film and audiovisual studies at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3), Jean-François Chevrier (art historian, art critic, curator), Thierry Davila (art historian, museum curator, editor and teacher), David Le Breton (professor of sociology at the University of Strasbourg, member of the Institut Universitaire de France), and Catherine Perret (philosopher, psychoanalyst, currently professor of aesthetics at the University of Paris 8).

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