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Two Channel Synchronized Video Installation with 5.1 Surround sound, 3D animation, Infinite loop
Sound by Tim Fodness
A story in the old Chinese book “A New Account of the Tales of the World” has been staying on my mind. In the story, the Wei Jin period drunk poet Liu Ling was lying wasted and naked in his house, and claimed the universe as his house, and his house as his pants. In my opinion, this absurd story of Liu’s delirium possesses a powerful comprehension of our relationship to the world, as well as a strong emotional connection to my on-going sojourn after moving to America. In [’penthaus], I fabricated a metaphorical virtual house with 3D models of a common pair of jeans and daily objects, and created a pig without back-limbs as the main character. It poses an allegorical question: the notion of both the house and the pants are obscure to this character, and at the same time he has no choice but to live in this pants that he can never fit on.
The animation clips in the project depicts ambiguous spaces that collect the articles of my tangible or digital consumptions. The slow-paced animations look nearly like a collection of photographs that appropriate my real surroundings. In [’penthaus], the virtual spaces are both macroscopic and microscopic, the time is both moving and still, and as a character of ambivalences, the pig is both auspicious and melancholy.
installation shots, Between Art Lab, Beijing, 2017
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Pants as House