Conversations beyond the Summer Breeze

*play videos simultaneously

Year: 2013 / 2014

Medium: Moving image

Image Size: Determinable 

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‘Conversations beyond the Summer Breeze’ is a dual channel video work which extends as part of an on-going interest into contemporary landscape as thematic significance in creative practices.

The physical structure of the six landscapes were constructed in a twenty gallon aquarium, with light sources positioned in hope of resembling environmental illumination of natural land within various conditions. The two channel videos, which are to be played in synchronicity, commence with fog-filled screens. The fog gradually escapes away from the frame, slowly revealing the landscape hidden beneath it. The unhindered scene stays for a mere three seconds, and thereafter, the fog proceeds to occupy the entire screen, repeating the entire process two times further, unveiling a different landscape each time.

The work relies greatly on the phenomenological impressions of these images within, much especially when the fabricated landscapes reveal their entirety in clarity. These images impress, overlap, and build upon each other six times over, through the three sets of fabrication in each of the two videos. Of great importance is the paradigm of the work, indicating a deliberate intent to effect emotional responses, whatever they may be, that emerge within us upon visual acknowledgement of natural landscapes; it is such psychological framework that the work takes interest in. The pleasing sentiment that tends to arise upon encountering these images in clarity, is only painstakingly achieved through the tension that engages between the constant obscurity and the simultaneous revelation of what is hidden within such indistinctness. The uneasiness of such polarity is specifically important in placing the mind of the viewer in a discordant state of fear and desire. The dialectics of fear in the suspense of the unknown and the relief that results from the certainty operate through inverse ratio to each other; they act as a principle for the imagination, brings the viewer into a state of contemplation, and invites an anticipation into the experience of each landscape’s condition.

Installation:

This dual channel moving image work is to be displayed in the form of projection onto a piece of white wall in an enclosed dark space. The two separate frames, which are screened from the two projectors, are to be set on loop and to be synchronised accurately. This is to ensure harmony of the work – the precision of simultaneous revelation of the landscape from the fog, as well as the concurrence display of both day and night scenes. The proportion of each projection should be adjusted to about the size similar to a domestic window.