Luping , 'Echo of the Working Class'
Luping's commission is a series of sound works staged
within the decommissioned industrial zone on the Medway.
It draws on the studio in which he now works, situated
in Xian’s most famous complex of textile mills,
most of which have now been decommissioned and where
most of the workers have been ‘laid off’.
Since the 1950s, when the political power of the proletariat
was established in China, the workers have been the
vanguard of the proletariat and have enjoyed an elevated
position in Chinese society. The work addresses Britain's
position as the place in which the Industrial Revolution
first burst forth - it is also the place in which Marx
advanced his theory of the Revolution of the Proletariat
- and links the voices of redundant Chinese workers
from Shaanxi Province with the passersby of the Kentish