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MEDIA: Six channel video installation, 3D
animation
 
Well – disciplined Kids is a 6 channel video installation. The 3D animation of the work is made in MAYA virtual modeling and animation program. In the work, a dehumanized "made in China" kid character with no facial expression is mass-reproduced in a virtual stage. Emotions and personalities are removed from these characters. The artist mapped his own face in 3D program and applied it as the facial texture onto the kid characters. Considering himself a member of the kids in the scenes, the artist is interested in the dilemma of modern Chinese peoples’ psychological world in an absurd environment. The political and authoritative sublime is in contradiction with the morbid behaviors and machine-made facial expression of the kid characters in the animation. A combination of innocent kid characters, high-tech killing machines and grotesque figures creates a composition of celebration. It is a celebration of the absent content in a problematic and desolated surrounding.
Well – disciplined Kids has been exhibited in Currents 2012 International New Media Festival at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe (June, 2012) and In/Visible at Chicago Co-Prosperity Sphere Culture Center (July, 2012). This project is supported by CAAP grant from the City of Chicago Department of Culture Affairs and Special Events and Illinois Art Council.
 

Installation shot at Museum of Luxun
Academy of Art, Shenyang, China, May, 2013
 

Installation shot at Currents 2012 - Santa Fe
International New Media Festival, Santa Fe,
NM, 2012
 
Installation shot at Co-Prosperity Sphere
Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, 2012
 

 

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