Worlds that They Etch (2020)

Worlds that They Etch (2020)

'Thus it is wrong to look for "frozen events" in images. Rather, they replace events by state of things and translate them into scenes.' (Flusser, 1983)


They stand still at the edge of time, in plain sight. Their silent composure is contested against the cacophony of history. In alternative worlds that they etch, we carefully approach through an outdoor choreography that weaves fragmented perspectives, that dares you to bow in front of a dichotomy between nature and culture, to be transported into an unknown territory freely, and willingly. 


When ontology is gravitated towards text but mediated through image, perhaps we could think through things, as much as working through things. The latter stands as a temptation; the former is yet a necessity of revival. Lament the looming crisis of rationality - an excess of obsolete actions is met with the scarcity of meditative space. 


In every shivering moment I return to weeds, a photographic archive that has been nurtured for nearly half a decade, which I perceive as merely a beginning. For a series that has transformed through the pandemic, two slow-motion screens are incorporated as new additions. Together they conjure up a suspension that further probes into the taxonomy of frozen frames and long exposure, single and multiple temporalities. Last is an edited audio from the 1967 Walt Disney’s production, ’The Jungle Book', and a looped excerpt of the film, in which natural weeds were spotted against ancient ruins in forests when our furry companions expressed desire for becoming human. The overlaid formal alterations through looping, zooming, scaling, pacing and expediting is, to me, a rhetoric of contemporary resurrection. 


Untitled (Boston) - 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07

A series of seven chromogenic colour prints


Untitled (Boston) - 08, 09

Two-channel slow-motion projection

02:59 minutes

Wan’na Be Like You

Single-channel video loop


The King of the Swingers

Stereo soundtrack

15:18 minutes 

Kwan Q Li 李君. #HK852. 

Weedist, Capitalist Refugee,

Occupational Realist,

Regressive Romantic (R.R.)

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