Pan Daijing

Born 1991 | Guiyang
Lives and works Berlin

Developing her compositional and spatial research, Pan conceives architectural interventions for the Gwangju Biennale Hall Bridge and the Octagonal Pavilion located in Jungwoe Park. An ensemble of loudspeakers in each site brings her composition of opera voices to life. As if rehearsing a daily encounter, Scale Figures 2022-3 rehashes the role of infrastructure as at once facilitator and enforcer, connector and barrier, by activating visitors’ encounters with the material premises of GB through the sensory experience. Mediating the transit between inside and outside, the bridge and the pavilion offer imaginary ingress into two opposing but dialogical modes of being in the world: the forceful and the vulnerable. Alongside the haunting sonic composition, an assembly of choreographed gestures forms a wet force that trickles down from ceiling to ground, where the artist’s self-portrait awaits. Traversed by the expansive breath of its surrounding nature, the dance between voice and movement activates the musicality of space, capturing the linear gaze of passersby and recasting it widely towards the animated landscape.

Pan Daijing, Scale Figures 2022–3. Voice, eight-channel loudspeakers, black and white print on leather, stainless steel and rubber. Courtesy the artist, Commissioned by the 14th Gwangju Biennale, Supported by MA Foundation and ifa. Installation view, 14th Gwangju Biennale (2023). Image courtesy Gwangju Biennale Foundation. Photo: glimworkers