University of Sunderland x BankART 1929 Artist Residence Exchange Program: Erika Tan Exhibition
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"The Syntactical Impossibility of Approaching with a Pure Heart"
Erika Tan takes a close look at Japan through the image of Mount Fuji. Mount Fuji is the best-known symbol of Japan, attracting countless tourists. It has also frequently been used as the subject of photography and landscape painting. It is a courageous challenge for an artist to choose Mount Fuji as his or her theme. Tan draws herself an image of Fuji, asks others to do the same, and then combines those images digitally. This is an experimental process to find out how far a person can accept a world different from one's own and where the utmost boundaries of one's thoughts lie.
"The Ghost in the Machine"
The Ghost in the Machine consists of two video pieces and photographs. The first video takes as its theme the easily-overlooked multilevel carpark towers created as the result of the urbanization of Japan. The second video is comprised of closeup shots of actors. The idiosyncratic bodies of these actors visualize idiosyncratic thoughts, delivering to the viewers a sense of discomfort, as if they had accidentally strayed off into an unknown place.
Through these two video works, Erika Tan, also an anthropologist, attempts to pose a fundamental question about the dichotomy between mind and body, man and machine, and east and west.
- Abstract from the text by Alistair Robinson (Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art)
From 2009-06-26 To 2009-08-02
Exhibition Hours 11:30-19:00