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“Who Am I”: Video Installation by Allen Wong

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The exhibition showcases two sets of artistic expressions – video installations and mixed-media installations based on Wong’s recurrent theme of traditional Chinese bird cages.

The four video installations, entitled Southeast Southwest, Fan, East West Path and What Do you Want, explore the concept of the thaumatrope*. A bird cage is used as the background screen for video projections of a variety of content to reflect the relationships between freedom and human society. This unique collection reveals Wong’s most intimate and fragile self by looking into his inner beliefs to understand the contradictions and struggles in his life, and to find ways to advance his artistic ambitions.

“The cage is mechanically triggered to rotate on its own axis, creating the optical illusion of a cylindrical surface,” says Joao O, President of the Executive Board, Taipa Village Cultural Association. The combination of both symbolic object and digital medium is Wong’s attempt to deconstruct the complexity of his emotional state into several layers of interpretation, presenting a thought-provoking kinetic artwork and eye-catching experience seldom seen on the local art scene.”

Since opening its doors in 2016, Taipa Village Art Space has exhibited a variety of artworks created using different media, including paintings, graffiti, photography and sculpture. As the seventh show at the art space, Wong’s video installation constitutes an important addition to the diversity of artwork showcased in the venue through its ongoing engagement with local talents from a range of backgrounds. Wong’s exhibition marks another step in the transformation of Taipa Village into a lively centre for artistic and cultural endeavours, contributing greatly to the development of the cultural and creative industries in Macau.

Exhibition period : 11th October – 29th November 2017

Opening hours : 12 noon to 8:00pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

Venue : Taipa Village Art Space, 10 Rua dos Clerigos, Taipa, Macau

Artist : Allen Wong

Media : Video and mixed-media installations

Admission : Free

*The thaumatrope, made popular by British physician John Ayrton Paris, is an optical toy from the Victorian age consisting of a disc with a picture on each side, attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers, the two pictures (bird/cage, flowers/vase, etc.) appear to blend into one due to a phenomenon known as the persistence of vision – the eye’s ability to retain an image for roughly 1/20th of a second after the object is gone.

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