We are thrilled to inaugurate our Pace Live program with a presentation of Song Dong's video installation, Smashing the Limit of the Mirror.
Since the 1990s, Beijing-based artist Song Dong has made performance works and multimedia installations that address notions of memory, impermanence, consumerism, and the urban environment. On the occasion of the artist's first solo exhibition at Pace in London, we will inaugurate Pace Live with a week-long installation of his seminal Smashing the Limit of the Mirror (2003). Filmed on the banks of the Bosporus in Istanbul, the work sees the artist take a hammer to his own reflection as well as to the perceptual geographic line between East and West. A performance to and for the camera, this iconic work-first screened as part of the 2003 Istanbul Biennial-continues Song Dong's engagement with the mirror as a real-time device for video editing and image fracture.
Smashing the Limit of the Mirror is the first work of the inaugural season of Pace Live, an ongoing program that supports the gallery’s broader mission of fostering experimentation in contemporary practices and across disciplines. Integrating the historical legacy of the avant-garde with the dynamic responsiveness of popular culture, Pace Live provides artists and other critical forces in the field the opportunity to connect with the public in new ways and is a platform for the exploration of new forms.
Press release courtesy Pace Gallery.