Chen Dongfan
Invisible Existence
Single screen video, audio, 9m 11s, 2014

The image consists of a windswept, American flag and the polestar. The artist takes a video (2mins 26seconds) shot during the winter of 2013 in Boston,  stretching its original playtime out to 9mins 11seconds. 

Here, one attempts to extract some sort of significance, but in the end, is it really meaningful at all? Present and yet not, real and yet only virtual, life itself possesses its own invisible but nonetheless indispensable existential forces.  

Huang Songhao
Longing tonic
Single screen video, audio, 2014

Description: A pair of sodden, red underpants dowsed in expensive perfume appears on a peak time metro train filled with commuters. The video is shot using an iPhone. The exhibition space is filled also with the aroma of perfume. 

Explanation: This work differs somewhat in quality from those I produce usually. Having first been drawn to the “underpants”, commuters’ exaggerated responses and masking of the astringent perfume odour produce an image that is both humorous and ironic. Whether surprised or amused, feigning calm or refusing the spectacle outright, spectators’ identities often determine their responses. The “underpants” become a means of rupturing the everyday, at the same time exuding considerable, narrative intrigue.