The Translucent Surface
A screening curated by Lili Chin
December 27th, 2014
He Xiangning Art Museum, Basement Lecture Hall, 14.30 - 17.00pm
"The Translucent Surface" compliments "Looking Glass", an artwork by Lili Chin. In this program, the Chinese Magic Mirror is used as a source of inspiration to examine perception and vision, reality and abstraction. The Translucent Surface engages the notion that reality is merely a portal to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. A selection of films by Nancy Holt, Robert Smithson, Nancy Graves, Lili Chin, Hans Richter, Peter Rose, Ken Jacobs, Jose Val Del Omar, Rose Lowder and Larry Gottheim have been curated into a program that penetrates the direct engagement of looking to explore beyond, into a kaleidoscope of complex imagery. Obtained from the Filmmaker's Co-operative in New York and Re:Voir in Paris, leading distributors in Experimental Avant Garde film, these films adopt unconventional cinematic strategies to investigate the act of observing. Beginning with minimal films that navigate through a swamp landscape, to a herd of camels in the Sahara, to waiting by the ocean, the program climaxes with rapid montage and structural editing into a burst of visual pulsations. The program then builds into interwoven images of flowers and daily life to create an ecstasy of colors. To conclude, the audience is left with a misty field, reminding us that these atmospheres and landscapes in our planet behold infinite variety and dimension.
- Lili Chin