Lost in Distance 01, 2010, You Jin
It may be the best of time as well as the worst of time. The rapid development of science, technology and economy in China brings about great increases in information communication, consumption culture and consumer desires. So the younger generation in China is not only basking in these benefits but also bearing the cost of all these changes and upheavals brought by resulting from the development. In this important period of scientific development and social transformation, people’s lives, lifestyles and environment undergo great changes, which not only constraints and influences contemporary man’s psychology and behavior, but also affects people’s daily life and the tastes and discourse in artistic creation. With his sensitivity and practices, You Jin is contemplating and reflecting on this epoch.
Moreover, what is noteworthy about his works is that the language of dots, lines and segments which is orderly amid chaos, mechanical but controlled, symbolizing the characteristics of modern information technology (coded, mechanized, controlled, pluralistic and self-disciplined) as well as the possible hidden dangers.
–Xia Yun, Language Generation from Chaotic Code