Zhu Jia

  • Pioneer of video art in China, Zhu Jia’s works have often dealt with ‘realness’ and everyday life, though often in unconventional ways. One of his most famous pieces, 1994’s Forever, saw him fix a camera onto the wheel of a Forever tricycle and pedal it around the streets of Beijing. The resulting video is a disorientating, constantly spinning and almost nausea-inducing tour of the city. Both Forever and 2002’s Never Take Off, which features a plane infinitely taxiing along a runway, have established Zhu as a pioneer of video art in China, together with Zhang Peili. Despite their leading roles in China’s video art scene, both were classically trained at two of the country’s most prominent art academies, Zhang in Hangzhou and Zhu in Beijing.

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Pioneer of video art in China, Zhu Jia’s works have often dealt with ‘realness’ and everyday life, though often in unconventional ways. One of his most famous pieces, 1994’s Forever, saw him fix a camera onto the wheel of a Forever tricycle and pedal it around the streets of Beijing. The resulting video is a disorientating, constantly spinning and almost nausea-inducing tour of the city. Both Forever and 2002’s Never Take Off, which features a plane infinitely taxiing along a runway, have established Zhu as a pioneer of video art in China, together with Zhang Peili. Despite their leading roles in China’s video art scene, both were classically trained at two of the country’s most prominent art academies, Zhang in Hangzhou and Zhu in Beijing.