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Chinese Dream No. 1,1998 by Wang Jin
Chinese Dreams are Peking opera robes made in polyvinylchloride (pvc) with fishing line embroidery. The artist chose pvc as the material for these robes because he feels plastic can perfectly represent contemporary society. It is a consumer product and omnipresent in developing countries. The artist calls it “high tech rubbish”. For Wang Jin, the combination of the perfect contemporary material with an iconic shape from Chinese tradition, the Beijing opera robe, represents the path that tradition takes. In contemporary society, tradition is often shunned when actually every minute that passes becomes part of tradition. The flow of tradition through contemporary life is inevitable and important. Characteristics which gave the original its identity have been changed, adapted to a new situation. Wang Jin is almost indifferent to the fact that plastic is transparent; he chose plastic because it is plastic and has substance, contemporary substance.