Archive for ‘2004’

[watch Delivery]

single channel video

In a vein attempt to reverse the destructive transformation of consumption, I try to give birth to something perfect…

[watch Effort of the Smile]

Effort of the Smile
Taichung Taiwan (2001)
Calgary Canada (2004)

This is a video installation which is meant to be produced and installed in potentially numerous public locations with the collaboration of the local community. For this piece I randomly approach people and convince them to smile the biggest smile they can for as long as possible – until they physically brake down. Then I make the video footage of this into a loop so that itappears that the performers are smiling eternally. In Taichung I then convinced shop owners on a busy commercial street to display the videos amongst their electronic products and so on during a two week period. Thus, this absurdly smiling figure would appear next to violent video games, screaming television programs, blaring radios etc.