Wang Qingsong’s Happy Bed is filmed in one still shot in which the large screen is divided into 35 cell-like bed spaces dimly lit by flashing lights in garish colors; the setting is suggestive of a brothel or a raunchy nightclub. Against the ambience of a throbbing
heartbeat, naked couples become distinguishable in the cells and appear to be engaging in sexual congress. The scene is neither erotic nor pornographic, but carnal and ritualistic. Post-nuptial, the couples revert to their cocoons and the surreal scene returns to an empty pulsation of throbbing heartbeats, awaiting the next cycle. Exploring the primal and universal drives of reproduction and mating, the artist
considers the work “an ultrasound image of life in the womb, throbbing, strong, unstoppable”.
Wang Qingsong (b. 1966, China) lives and works in Beijing. He graduated from the Oil Painting department of the Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts in 1993. His artistic practice involves photography and video, exploring themes of consumerism, urbanization and Western influences in the culture of post-modern China. He is most acclaimed for his elaborately staged tableaux photography, shot on massively scaled sets constructed in the studio.
錄像。人工建構的場景被分成 35 個狹小的床格，色彩庸
王慶松，1966 年於中國出生，1993 年畢業於四川美術