[Photography, Interactive Video, Installation]
Keywords: Technology, Symbolization, Dynamic environment
In this set of the interaction moving images Squandering for Beautiful Eyes (2017-2019), the acceleration of the rotation of the image as the person approaches the fan image can be understood as an attitude towards the current environment – the authorities are obsessed. The development of science and technology enables people to enjoy the convenience brought by high efficiency and bring a pleasant experience. At the same time, the confusing eyes make people unable to see the essence of things. It is like the early spring of wildflowers, which is open to the public, full of vitality and makes people fascinated but different forms make people dazzled. No one can judge whether it is better to be far away to stay awake, or to be closer to the beautiful illusion it brings, it depends on their own attitudes.
Squandering for Beautiful Eyes (2017-2019) includes installations, photographs, and interactive moving images three parts. The interactive moving images are developed from the photographs which took the series of installations made from lots of images with symbol properties. As time goes on, symbol meaning will show its complexity. The artist collected a large number of images with symbolic attributes that are common in daily life, and rearranged them according to their usefulness on the fan blades of the electric fan. When these fans are energized, the originally still symbolic image attached to the fan blade is transformed into an abstractly digital trace. The artist hopes that the symbolic objects or events will be presented in the development of contemporary people’s psychological uncertainty and emptiness in this rude way.
However, in the long historical timeline, the source of these digital traces has long been lost. A static symbol image is physically just an image. What is an object before it is converted into a symbol image? Why is this object still there? How many traces of a current object on the historical timeline?