Artist Timur Si-Qin, New York, 2018; 艺术家铁⽊尔·斯琴，纽约，2018
Prayer to Four Winds
By Timur Si-Qin
The signifificance of prayer to the cardinal directions is an ancient cross-cultural trait shared by many Indigenous cultures throughout the world, including Central Asia, Indigenous Americas, and even Indigenous pre-Christian Europe.
In Lakota culture, praying to the four directions of the medicine wheel represents prayer to all the beings: animals, rocks, mountains, plants, winds, waters, lands, and people before you, in each direction. But importantly these beings are regarded as relatives, and therefore praying to the directions represents ones connection to all the life, land, and ancestors you share space in the universe with.
Global culture finds itself today in a state of disorientation, out of balance with land and nature and unable to navigate the future. Lost is a clear sense of scale or connection to earth systems. Perhaps a re-orientation starts with a simple acknowledgement of space and direction.
This work is made in 3d software and is part of my larger practice of rendering scenes from nature. The process of simulating nature is a meditative practice that challenges me to look ever closer at the beauty, language, and detail of the natural world.
Timur Si-Qin, Prayer to Four Winds, Video loop animation, 1'59'', 2021, Courtesy the artist and Magician Space;铁木尔·斯琴，《向四方之风祈祷》，循环动画录像，1'59''，图片由艺术家和魔金石空间提供
Timur Si-Qin，Prayer to Four Winds, Video loop animation, 2021, Courtesy the artist and Magician Space;铁木尔·斯琴，《向四方之风祈祷》，循环动画录像，2021，图片由艺术家和魔金石空间提供
Timur Si-Qin (b.1984, Berlin)interested in the evolution of culture, the dynamics of cognition, and contemporary philosophy, weave together to create a new kind of environmental art. Taking form through diverse media, installations of 3D printed sculptures, light-boxes, websites, texts, and virtual reality, Si-Qin’s work often challenges common notions of the organic vs the synthetic, the natural vs the cultural, the human vs non-human, and other dualisms at the heart of western consciousness.
Si-Qin’s long term meta-project is the proposal of a new secular faith in the face of climate change, global pandemics, and biodiversity collapse, called New Peace. Through New Peace individual works aggregate into a hyper-distributed, branded ecosystem of signifiers. Drawing from disparate disciplines like the anthropology of religion, marketing psychology, and new materialist philosophy, Si-Qin regards spiritualities as cultural softwares capable of deep behavioral and political intervention. New Peace is thus a new protocol for the necessary renegotiation of our conceptual and spiritual relationship with the non-human.
New Peace is an artwork, a church, a brand, and a memetic machine. Si-Qin is a New York-based artist of German and Mongolian-Chinese descent who grew up in Berlin, Beijing, and int the American Southwest. Recent exhibitions include Von Ammon Co., Washington D.C., the 2nd Riga Biennial of Contemporary Art, the 2019 Asian Art Biennale, the 5th Ural Industrial Biennale of Contemporary Art, 9th Berlin Biennale, 9th Taipei Biennial, UCCA Dune, Beidaihe, Spazio Maiocchi, Milan, The Highline, NY, and Magician Space, Beijing.
Initiator: Qin Ga (Chyanga) Time: June 2020 - June 2021 Site: Anywhere Host organizer: Rhizomic Space Nomadism involves political structures and living mechanisms nomads formed over years in their production and life. Along with the evolution of human history and civilization, this pattern of culture has offered the world a different cultural perspective. With a dynamic structure, it is in an ongoing process of changing or crossing the established boundary. The contemporary aspect of nomadism, in the overwhelming context of globalization, has penetrated our daily life and led to structures with differentiated values, which may help to restructure the world.
To an individual, mobile physical experience and sense-based perception are very important in breaking the conventional cognitive pattern. The contemporary practice in nomadism covers a wide range, from history and culture to nature and life style, in which field, everyone has unique experience and understanding. This art project brings different individual events together to show the possible values of the contemporary nomadic structure. The artists to be invited will choose freely when and where to carry out this “Nomad” project. Any medium is acceptable, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, installation, performance, video, sound, music, dance, etc. The place can be everywhere, no matter it is a prairie, a desert, a mountainous region, a city, or even the cyberspace. “Go Nomadic Together” is intended as an open “nomadic” art experiment and a collection of individual cases as well . Poster Designer: ShiruneeLogo Designer: Chai Jiaqi Translator: Lucy Li
About Rhizomic Space Rhizomic Space, with no bricks or motar, is founded as a nomadic space by Qin Ga (Chyanga) at the end of 2011. Working through different channels and in different forms, it chooses social public spaces with mobility to launch and organize experimental art projects to explore the extension of contemporary art in social public places, the contingent aspect of space production, temporary structures, sustainable force, and the sculpture of transmigrated life. It has completed a series of projects, including “Packing Case Project”, “One Dream Project”, “Read Flag Primary School”, “Make Waves”,“Fly Together: Shijiezi Village Art PracticeProject”,“VolunteeringProject:People’sKindergarten”,"NomadRelays Project", "Go Nomadic Together Project "is currently on show. 官方微博 : 造空间RhizomicSpace 微信公众号：RhizomicSpaceFacebook : RhizomicSpaceInstagram : rhizomicspaceE-mail : email@example.com