American Silkworm Series Part II 在美国养蚕系列二 : 包裹
1995

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Institution: Xu Bing's East Village Studio, New York
Materials: books, computer, paper, photographs, silkworm.

In this installation, hundreds of live silkworms spin their silk over a collection of everyday objects, including books, photographs, even a laptop computer. From day to day, as the show progresses, the silk covering the objects thickens, consuming and obscuring them from sight as the worms continue to spin silk. The artist states that he chooses to work with silkworms ''because of their pronounced cultural connotation and their quality of natural transformation. They are also very easy to work with.''