Sunless Asteroid, codenamed AO22, is a planet that was once named Macau (AoMen) in 1998. After the solar system collapsed, the asteroid lost its star and has since been traveling around the universe. On AO22, there is no day and night, the semi-fluid black sand contains soil and water; there is no sleep and yet the low clouds composed of mercury are filled with high-level oxygen; on the bright yellow skyline we can see layers of paradisiacal mirages made by human colonists on this dead asteroid. After much blending of colonial and immigration histories, an “insulation law” has been imposed – only men without an identity are considered in existence. And because of this, this faint light spot turns into a totem symbolizing supreme happiness and uprising emancipation, or an eternal taboo on the meaning of life. For aeons, mysterious legends about AO22 have spread inside and outside the quadrant, and countless creatures have rushed to it but never came back.
This time Ox Warehouse presents “Sunless Asteroid AO22”, a solo exhibition by Sun Xiaoyu, an artist with a MA from the School of Intermedia Art, China Academy of Art (CAA). The exhibition features her latest work, No Destinations produced during her residence at Ox Warehouse in Macau, based on which a visual world of images called Sunless Asteroid is created. This space is intended to serve as a gateway to another world. All visitors to the space will read an autobiographical novel by an AO22 smuggler and participate in a pre-departure identity degaussing ceremony. The exhibition attempts to reflect on the future of human spiritual conditions by raising a metaphor of a cosmological view imaged on earth.
When: June 5–August 4, 2019
Where: Post-Ox Warehouse Experimental Site, 15 R. do Volong, Macau
How much: Free admission
For more information, call +853 2853 0026, send an email to [email protected] or check the event’s Facebook page