Browse excerpts from the book Book published on the occasion of the first Choi Foundation Prize for Contemporary Art, 2021. Geologist, fisherman, musician, poet, artist, Yi Xin Tong grew up in the protected region of Mount Lu in China before moving to New York. In his work, he develops an attitude that he describes as a “metaphysical kindness” towards the living. Whether through a world atlas of rivers drawing a relationship to the territory that is both experienced and imagined, urban explorations in search of the best fishing spots in the city giving rise to karaoke videos, or research on mythology highlighting the reciprocal exchanges between human and non-human communities, his work underlines the absurdity of the will of human control over the living. Written during the Covid-19 pandemic in Canada, this Environmental Love Manual is a collection of poems dealing with the paradoxes of contemporary urban life in its relationship with nature. Humorous, desperate, melancholy, these short poems are ramblings that combine imagination, amusement and disenchantment.
À propos de l’auteur Yi Xin Tong was born on Mount Lu, China. He works in New York and Shanghai. He studied geology at China University of Geosciences in Beijing and received an MFA in Studio Art from New York University. Tong creates multimedia installation, site-specific project, video, and sound to understand human culture’s dynamic relationship with nature. Compared with anthropocentric conservationism or utilitarian deep ecology, his exploratory, curious, and non-didactic work offers an attitude of “metaphysical kindness” to the environment, a Dao inclusive for humanity and other living and non-living beings. Tong’s work has been exhibited at the BRIC Biennial, New York, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, chi K11 art museum, Shanghai, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto , National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing and Today Art Museum, Beijing. He is the winner of the first Choi Foundation Prize for Contemporary Art, a Franco-Chinese art prize dedicated to the links between contemporary creation and ecology, initiated in 2021 by the French Embassy in China and the Choi Foundation, in partnership with the Today Art Museum (Beijing) and the Palais de Tokyo.