Sky Ladder: The Art Of Cai Guo-Qiang (2016)
Running time 78’
Sky Ladder: The Art Of Cai Guo-Qiang by director Kevin Macdonald tracks the meteoric rise of world-renowned artist Cai Guo-Qiang. The film examines how and why he engineers his artwork on the largest imaginable scale.
The documentary’s ambitious namesake is Cai’s 1,650-foot ladder of fire which climbed into the skies above his hometown. This equally ambitious film captures Cai's aesthetic, one which unites Eastern philosophy with contemporary social issues, to give an in-depth portrait of a creative icon with a socio-political consciousness.
Followed by a conversation with artist Cai Guo-Qiang and M+ curator of ink art, Lesley Ma; conducted in Mandarin with English translation.
Image: Courtesy of Cai Studio