To Add One Meter to an Anonymous Mountain, 1995
c-print, 26 7/8” x 40”
documentation of a performance in which the artist and others lay in a pile on Miaofeng Mountain, near Beijing. In order to realize the piece To Add One Meter to an Anonymous Mountain , Zhang Huan surveyed the suburbs west of Beijing before finally deciding on the peak of Miaofengshan Mountain in the Mentougou District as the site for the work. Other artists from the Beijing East Village were invited to participate, but it was Zhang Huan who explained the proposal and set the time for the work. He hired two surveyors and equipment from the land bureau and arranged for photographers and film cameras from a movie studio.
At 13:00 on May 11, 1995, only the occasional truck along the highway disturbed the calm atop the mountain. Surveyors Jin Kui and Xiong Wen stood on the road below where they set up their equipment. They measured the mountain’s height at 86.393 meters. Each participant’s weight was recorded: Wang Shihua, 80kg; Cang Xin, 70kg; Gao Yang, 68kg; Zu Zhou, 65kg; Ma Zhongren, 65kg; Zhang Huan, 65kg; Ma Liuming, 55kg; Zhang Binbin (female), 55kg; Duan Yingmei (female), 55kg; Zhu Ming, 46kg. Everyone climbed the mountain, and one by one the artists shed their clothes. The participants divided into four rows by ascending weight and then lay on top of each other in the form of a pyramid. Between 13:26 and 13:38 that afternoon, the surveyors’ measurement of the anonymous mountain was 87.393 meters, precisely one meter higher than Miaofengshan Mountain. A breeze suddenly blew across the mountaintop. Looking back on that work today, it seems that the meter that Zhang Huan added to create that anonymous mountain far transcends its initial significance, because with it he added a layer of deep cultural significance. The works of this period were extremely masochistic, showing the young Zhang Huan’s abnormally excited posture and a wisdom and romanticism hinted at by his extreme bodily language.
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11.7 x 8.3 Inches ( cm)
(Fuente: c0pz, vía zerowill1)