Images, matters, history and time are the points of interest that Xunhang Zou focuses on. These points have evolved into a series of connection and shaped into a kind of space as well as an “order”. There is an order in everything’s own forms and intangible changes. He believes that all things have a law of development. As a fulcrum behind the law, the “order” can only be experienced rather than being explainable, which is why he calls it “intrinsic aesthetics”.
Using abstract and interesting visual language, he integrates his concept into media including behaviors, videos and devices and so on. Independent and organically interconnected pictures are displayed in many various forms, achieving a polyphony effect with poetic and symphonic characteristic and building up a unique context and system in connection with the physical world. He hopes that spectators can see the world’s nature — inevitability will finally happen in numerous contingencies. In the manner of silence (though sound is essential for video recording) and peace, the imagery of Xunhang Zou’s works resists the modernity of which everything is quantized and the post-modernity full of jocosity and indifference, attempting to reach a more stable level.
Emmanuel Levinas thinks that people only use their sense organs to appreciate art. “Art has little to do with any reality and is far different from knowledge. Art is something about hiding. It is a descendant of night and an invasion of shadow”, he said. Xunhang Zou creates non-realistic factors with realistic humans, he uses animation instead of video recording for interaction. Animation and sound generate a sense of fantasy: real and ethereal, forming a sharp contrast with “virtual factor” that really exists in the space. All these factors are reflected in his latest performance.
“Through selecting symbolic objects, the intrinsic meaning of the element is extracted, and a more profound meaning is added. What needs to be further discussed is to experience that the world is guided by an “order”, through several perspectives like matters (including images, perceivable objects that really exist) and phenomena (a kind of symbolic perception, even including delusion). We need to constantly experience the existence of such “order” and explore it”, Xunhang Zou said.