CEPTION (2011, during CAFA residency, Beijing, China)

Tallscreen looping HD video, 4 minutes, 3 seconds
In collaboration with Alice Alexandrescu and Yu Fayefaye

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In the process of absorption, the sponge contracts on itself, creating in itself a kinetic potentiality, a vacuum that must be filled once the compression reaches its nadir. It is the cycle of inhalation and exhalation, of inspiration and expiration. Out with the old, in with the new: the present, ad infinitum.

This elasticity, this capacity for yield, speaks of the yin in Chinese Taoist philosophy; that which is dark, that which is resilient, that which is female. The traditional Chinese vision of woman is the embodiment of softness, wetness, darkness, the cavity. That cavity has a purpose.

A contraction is a preparatory step in the act of creation.