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Nie Jing (聶鼱, Mouse with Multiple Ears, or Vacanti Mouse)
  • Qiu Anxiong
    born 1972
    born: Chengdu, China
  • Nie Jing (聶鼱, Mouse with Multiple Ears, or Vacanti Mouse), 2008
  • Xin Shanhai Jing 新山海经 (New Book of Mountains and Seas)
  • Where object was made: China
  • woodcut
  • Paper Type: rice paper
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 420 x 500 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 16 1/2 x 19 5/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 497 x 577 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 19 9/16 x 22 11/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 32 x 24 in
  • Museum purchase: R. Charles and Mary Margaret Clevenger Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0111.10
Label Text
Literature
Exhibitions

Exhibition Label:
"Temporal Turn: Art and Speculation in Contemporary Asia", 11-Nov-2016
This print portfolio suggests a traditional Chinese book, but depicts the fantastical creatures featured in chapter one of Qiu Anxiong’s video trilogy The New Book of Mountains and Seas. Each of the bizarre creatures is accompanied by an inscription using archaic terminology and composed in classical Chinese that simulates the Shanhai Jing, a second-century geographic text describing strange creatures in distant lands, upon which the name of the video trilogy is derived.
Mouse with Multiple Ears, or Vacanti Mouse (聶鼱, Nie Jing)
In Zhongtu [Middle Land, a reference to China], there is a mouse with a human ear growing on its back. Its name is Nie Jing [Mouse with Multiple Ears, or Vacanti Mouse].


Exhibition Label:
"Qiu Anxiong: New Book of Mountains and Seas," Feb-2010, Kris Ercums
Inscription:
In the middle lands there is a rat. On its back there is a human ear. It is called the Nie Rat.