Tuesday 18 October 2011

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Meggie Schneider

Chinatown

China 2003 Video installation / 5 min

, Meggie Schneider

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The images were taken in September 2002 in Guangzhou (Canton): A woman waters trees, bushes and plants. Loops and jump cuts insist on the symbolic order of her movements, which are indeed functionally motivated, but that seem closer to a secret, ritual choreography.

The distance of this view to her finds its correspondence in the spatial conditions of the installation and is at the same time the structuring principle of the scene: The space surrounding her is broken, every shot forms a new backdrop, the film clip is nothing less than the border of the subjective experience of space, which the location can not grasp as a unity - too disparate in the architectonic figures; the individual constructions in conflict with other over competing demands, an insignificant turn of the head determines whether the view can establish a perspective or if it will be irritated by a skyscraper in provisional dimensions.

Within the polished backdrop of the sprawling metropolis, the women watering her plants is a point of reference, her gestures, however, are no less complex superficial phenomena. The installation produces for the viewer the same conflicts and virtualities that determine the film scene.

View online : An idyllic park somewhere in China