1989 in Translation

1989 in Translation #

from the series Panoptic Segmentation
2022, Single-channel video, color, sound, 4:28 minutes

1989 in Translation marks my first step up a Ladder. Here I walk you through my coming across a chapter in history that my education have be misplaced xxxxx (which I do not dare to openly discuss). In the video, the text displayed on the wall traces an excerpt from the first book I read about the protest after I began using VPN (Virtual Private Network) to bypass the Great Firewall. The audio component of the work featured the sound of Radio Calisthenics, a daily mandatory radio gymnastic exercise for every Chinese student from primary to high school. I performed this exercise in front of Google Lens, while Google Translate generated illegible text blocks in response to my body movements.

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1989 in Translation, Installation View at MoA in Photography 23, Finnish Museum of Photography, Finland, 2023


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1989 in Translation, Installation View at QWERTY, Solo Exhibition at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Finland, 2023
image credit: Milla Talassalo / Hippolyte