Noise is the New Silence
Wang Fujui Solo Exhibition
Project Fulfill Art Space is pleased to present Wang Fujui’s solo exhibition Noise is the New Silence opening in October 2020. This is our fourth collaboration with the highly recognized sound artist, and his third solo exhibition presented at Project Fulfill. Throughout his career Wang Fujui never ceases to push the boundaries of sound art, while remaining true to his signature style – a purist, fine-tuned understanding of sound, using minimal visual distractions. This exhibition sets to be the artist’s most personal exploration of sound, drawing on his recent journey recovering from kidney disease and recollection of his early experience of sound performance in the 90s, which formed the basis of his body’s intuitive response to sound.
At the end of 2019, Wang Fujui suddenly fell ill and was admitted into the hospital emergency ward. He was diagnosed with acute late stage kidney disease and required regular kidney dialysis. After undergoing vascular access surgery (connecting the veins and arteries in the arm), while recuperating in the hospital bed, Wang could hear the quiet sound of wind blowing. Searching for the source of this sound in the dark, he discovered that it came from the wound on his arm after the operation. The low frequency buzzing sound of the blood flow is like a current of noise flowing within his body. Wang used the body’s internal noises as the source for his recent developments, presenting four new sound installations for this exhibition.
Whether creating his artworks or performing live, even when lying in a hospital bed unable to move his body, Wang Fujui is able to sensitively observe and respond to different sound frequencies. This intuition can trace its beginnings to a time of enlightenment for Wang’s sound creation and experimentation; between 1995 and 1997 while studying in San Francisco, he experienced a bombardment of the loudest and longest experimental sound performances; “I remember when I was listening to a sound performance, in a space full of turbulent noise my nerves were filled with stimulation, while my body was dulled in a state of idleness surrounded by wild chaos.” This experience became firmly rooted in Wang’s creative core and can be seen reflected intuitively in his later artworks and performances.
With the artist’s recovery and current stable health condition, we excited to be able to present Wang Fujui’s only performance this year, Noise Live, through wireless technology and computer programming, the artist is able to control the speaker units of the installation Noise is the New Silence independently in a live setting. The installation’s six units each consists of twelve channels, totaling 72 channels controlled live by the artist, engaging and responding to the audience and space. The performance will be held on Saturday 21 November, limited tickets available for purchase from Project Fulfill Art Space.