A View from Christopher Mims
Robotic Confucius Disturbs, Provokes
Artist Zhang Huan unleashes an uncanny rendering of China’s rediscovered spiritual ancestor
On the day his controversial show on the philosopher opened, Zhang Huan’s caged, robotic Confucius was joined by nine live monkeys, intended as living metaphors for our base instincts. Confucius himself, who thrashes like a big scary undead fish out of water, is intended to “provoke public debate about societal issues in China, including rapid economic growth, unbalanced values, and environmental challenges.”
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