I’m currently working on a series for my Video studio that involves my connection with my subjects. I am interested in the deeper meanings that can arise from a simple or quick conversation and what I can take away from it.
I’m largely influenced by Lee Mingwei’s work - specifically The Sleeping Project. Lee Mingwei came to speak at my high school in Taipei a few years ago, and since then I have not forgotten his work and the presentation that he gave. He emphasized the importance of artist and viewer relationships and explored the boundaries within it.
In “The Sleeping Project”, I examine the differences between “sleeping” and “sleeping with.” How do two strangers shape a night together into an open, profound, mutually influential encounter that they know will not be sexual?
Each night, a participant chosen by lottery is asked to bring objects from the space in which they usually sleep—a clock, a photo—and spend the night with me. Next morning, the participant leaves these objects on the nightstand, along with a tape of the conversation from the previous night. During the remainder of the exhibition, these personal objects and recorded voices provide gallery visitors with clues about the interactions between myself and the anonymous overnight guests, interactions that suggest the range of ways in which individuals experience intimacy and trust when confronted with an unknown other.
- Lee mingwei
For these series, I plan to ask subjects – willing strangers and friends – what they might like to change about themselves. With this information, I will attempt to cinematically and dramatically re-create these changes on video through my own interpretation. There is the cliché to “love who you are” or “never change,” and perhaps this project will illustrate what comes about when you do change through artificial and digital means that are filtered through my eyes as the director.
Taking my conversations with my subjects on an intimate level and presenting them in a public and cinema-like setting changes the way the work is perceived. I want the moving images projected on a large scale so that it emphasizes and dramatizes the meaning behind the piece so that it deducts any means of intimacy.
Photos from AAA