How to Boil Time, 2019
single channel video, 11:48min paper cloud, lamp, lotus embroidery, bean bags
The state of swinging between the two cultures
Feels like half-dream and half-awake
not being able to distinguish scenes from memories
a dream or "real"
Would these bizarre and disparate wanderings be the space for existence
gibberish dream spell collaged with my grandfather’s low-resolution photos of daily newspapers and TV
In what language to enter
What language to leave
even woke up from a dream, I still don’t know the answer
how to boil time
but lost also a lie
“How to Boil Time,” a single channel video, pairs excerpts from dream recordings with pixelated, awkwardly cropped and collaged images taken by my grandfather from Chinese TV, local Newspapers and widow views. His photographs recall my childhood memories from Chinese urban landscape, especially in Xi’an where I grew up; and an elderly man's nationalism, who had gone through the communist change of China.
Playing the sequences of both allowed a new narrative to appear, which circles a path around a question I asked in my dream, how to boil time.
With improvised sound by Trisha Baga and Core D’Augustine.
How to Boil Time installation, 2019
How to Boil Time, 11:48min, 2019