The Loveliest Mountain of China
Multi-Channel Video Installation
Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing, China
3 flat-screen vertically wall-mounted monitors
color HD video, 16:9, with sound
Above is 8.5 minutes of excerpts from the installation at the Inside Out Art Museum.
The total running time of all videos in installation is approximately 90 minutes
On the left,
the vertical flat-screen monitor shows views of the natural beauty
as moving video paintings, with changing light and rolling fog. These videos resemble the traditional Chinese ink brush paintings of this landscape, and are hung on the gallery wall like paintings.
On the right,
the vertical flat-screen shows individual portraits of local people - tour guide, painter, hotel employees, farmer selling tomatoes, luggage porters and construction workers. Through a translator, I ask the locals about their relationship to the mountain, how their relationship has changed since growing up there, and how they perceive the tourism that creates their jobs.
In the center,
the third vertical flat-screen monitor shows the tourists. The camera is fixed on a photo look-out spot on the mountain. One by one, tourists enter to have their photo taken, stepping in and out of the frame in an endless stream.
Thank you to:
ArtChina, Yuan Zhou, Interpreters Daisy Tai Xin Yao and Vivi Ying He, Ms. Goh,The Beihai Hotel.
see video interview during the making of this piece on ArtChina.cn