Press Release

IF THE SNAKE is a living entity through which navigate a heterogeneity of chemical, biological and algorithmic processes, as well as different types of intelligent life forms. Each feature within this situated entity have inherently dynamic qualities that, due to the conditions of their co-presence, endlessly grow as particular and contingent modes of continuity.

Yang’s works are known not only for their diversity of media and methods, but also for their eloquent and unique sculptural



International exhibitions

International Archives 2nd half of 2019

If The Snake

Okayama  Art Summit (Japan)
27.09 - 24.11.2019




This infant complex system is prompt to spontaneous order, self- generating, material with consciousness, shifting meaning, constantly modifying its plasticity in total indifference to any potential witness. The exhibition appears as merely one hypothesis of its existence amidst many.

IF THE SNAKE is not a portrait, comprised of various facets. Nor is it a ghost in the machine, an animism whose sensible presence relies exclusively on human attribution or values. It is self-presenting and still eschews representation. A naturalization of odd, artificial otherness: a morphogenesis of a weirding subject.

To depart consensual reality, bound by the “known,” requires the speculative aspect of fiction to reach worlds thought as impossible, to playfully imagine what they could be, then concretely actualize them. This pointless topology is an overflow of porous fictions, a crossfade in a state of uncertainty, a continuum of unstable formalizations of possibilities.

Artistic Director : Pierre Huyghe

Artists: Tarek Atoui / Matthew Barney / Etienne Chambaud / Paul Chan / Ian Cheng / Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson / John Gerrard / Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni / Glass Bead / Elizabeth Hénaff / Eva L'Hoest / Pierre Huyghe / Fernando Ortega / Sean Raspet / Lili Reynaud-Dewar / Pamela Rosenkranz / Tino Sehgal / Mika Tajima


Former Uchisange Elementary School
Tenjinyama Cultural Plaza of Okayama Prefecture
Okayama Orient Museum
Okayama Castle
Hayashibara Museum of Art
Among others   

[1] IF THE SNAKE, Okayama Art Summit, 2019. [2] John Gerrard, X. laevis (Spacelab), 2017, Courtesy of the artist, Thomas Dane Gallery and Simon Preston Gallery. [3] Pamela Rosenkranz, Skin Pool (Oromom), 2019. Courtesy of the artist, Karma International, Miguel Abreu Gallery and Sprüth Magers. Photo: Ola Rindal.

If The Snake , Okayama  Art Summit

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