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There is always an assumption that cinema won’t be what it is without images. Cinema is highly ocular-centric. It prioritises sight over other senses. Each heart-touching film places the utmost emphasis on visuality. However, without eyes, will it still be possible to watch a film? Are solely eyes being used to perceive different emotions in cinema? This year ifva presents works by three artists. Each work has its own story. They create cinematic experience that doesn’t center on vision and allows the senses other than sight come into play. Emotions are evoked from the outside to the inside, yet the stirring ones are still there.
Sarah Sitkin (United States)
Kyle McDonald (United States)
It features ten works from across Asia. They are about personal experiences, memories, observations and sentiments of the artists. Different elements such as sounds, lights, mechanics, virtual reality are used in the installations to convey their own stories and messages, inviting the audience to wander between virtuality and reality.
Carla Chan was born in Hong Kong and is currently residing in Berlin. Her work Between Happening won the Silver Award of the 24th ifva Awards Media Art Category. By using black and white colour, magnet and iron powder, she built a time-based kinetic installation. Each movement reveals different landscapes. It’s like a record of how human profoundly affects the environment. Living in Berlin now, she still feels connected to the place where she grew up. A tremendous change is undergoing.
She received news from all over the place, and felt a lot after learning the current situation in Hong Kong. When she was back, she experienced more chaos and helplessness that couldn't be described in words.
In this exhibition, Carla decides to use her works to raise a question: what will human be rewarded under repeated destructions and reconstructions?
The installations are Carla’s emotion in response to the present. Black and white are used as the main colour tones. Four installations can function independently, yet they are somehow connected. They form a recurring cycle in which we can view the installations from different perspectives. Similarly, in the real world, each can interpret the same thing differently about whether it is a truth or a lie.
The kinetic installation of the four pieces of work shows different result. Each component or scratch on the surface is a record of history. Mechanical, iron powder and magnet construct the city landscape and its silhouette. It is destroyed and reconstructed, over and over again. Each change is irreversible.
Carla Chan obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. She works with a variety of media including video, installation, photography and interactive media. Much like the never-ending development of new technology, Chan considers media art as a medium with infinite possibilities for artistic expressions.
Minimal in style and form, Chan’s works often toys with the blurred boundaries between reality and illusion, figure and abstraction.