A 3400KM ART PERFORMANCE THROUGH CHINA
In May 2012 French Artist Niko de La Faye rode 1600km from Beijing to Shanghai on his kinetic sculpture ‘M2B’. He will continue this extraordinary art performance on the way to Hong Kong. This new project called ‘M2B Shanghai-Hong Kong’ will be launched in April 2013. Niko will complete it in 6 weeks, after 1800km.
During the ride Niko will carry on what he started when he left Beijing, posting videos, photos and news, daily during the whole performance, on www.facebook.com/m2bproject, www.m2bproject.com, www.weibo.com/m2bproject and http://t.qq.com/m2bproject.
M2B is an unconventional art piece. This sculpture is a representation of the cosmos - inspired from taoist symbols and western physics theory - placed on the back of a traditional Chinese tricycle. It has been created to appear as a ‘poetical interference’ into the traffic, to generate surprise and interrogation, and to create contrast with its environment.
This project also refers to the work of French Artist Nicolas Schöffer.
"This bike that is originaly a commercial platform, becomes a show-sculpture!"
Since its creation Chinese press called it a ‘magical imagination stimulator’.
This new project will also be the opportunity to continue and to develop one of the performative aspects of the sculpture: the ‘M2B Shadow Theater’, initiated during the first journey. Alike the old traditional Chinese itinerant shows, which already almost completely disappeared, M2B gives shadow shows in public spaces in cities and villages along the way. This performance is made of successive abstract and colorful canvases in motion, displayed on a white screen enveloping the cubic structure, made with lights going through the kinetic sculpture. Visuals always come with different kinds of music, often electronic.
Each show is a new creation where the speed of the elements in motion, the light and the music change.
below the 'M2B shadow-theater' pertormance in Jinan, on May 11 and 12, 2012
Along its way M2B keeps generating facination and interrogation
At the arrival in May, the Artist will present the ‘M2B Beijing-Hong Kong’ exhibition. This event will gather around the ‘M2B’ sculpture a selection of photo and video works realized along the 3400km of the whole project.