Galloisiana Sinensis studies the invention (recontextualization) of cultural symbols in China. In The Invention of Tradition, Eric Hobsbawm pointed out that many cultural symbols which appear or claim to be old are often quite recent in origin and sometimes invented. The phenomenon is particularly clear since modern development of China in the past century. In the twentieth century, with the purpose of creating a national identity and promoting national unity, Chinese intellectuals redefined cultural symbols discovered from ancient history with nationalist meanings. However such process of recontextualization is usually hidden for the purpose of propagation. Cultural symbols as synecdoche for the nation is a piece of message easy to comprehend, which enables it to be powerful propaganda and advertisements.
  Galloisiana Sinensis is a kind of endangered insect species discovered in Changbai Mountain located in Northeastern China. Based on this insect, the project fabricates new Chinese cultural symbols by “cross breeding” it with symbols that have already been recognized as “Chinese”. By stripping off the beauty of symbols, project Galloisiana Sinensis intends to present the process of creating a recontextualized cultural symbol.
中华蛩蠊探讨民族主义对文化符号的创造。艾瑞克·霍布斯鲍姆(Eric Hobsbawm)在传统的发明(The Invention of Tradition) 一书中指出,许多常被认为悠久的传统事实上只有很短的历史,有些甚至是被发明的。发明传统是在近代国家观念与民族主义发展中所出现的特有文化现象,常作为推行国家团结、合理化文化活动的一种手段。但与大多数文化现象不同的是,发明传统是难以被人察觉的,因为国家的概念在近代社会中已经成为默认的概念。也正是因为不被人察觉,发明传统并被发明传统的传播成为了有效的政治宣传与商业广告。中华蛩蠊是在中国东北部的长白山地区发现的稀有昆虫,它是中国一级保护动物。作品将昆虫模型与其他”中国传统”文化符号杂交,为其添加更多除国籍之外的政治与商业含义。通过操纵一个文化空壳,并最大程度地抹消文化符号的美感,中华蛩蠊意在呈现发明与传播传统的过程。