A still from DISTANCE BETWEEN, a three-channel video installation
Xiaowen Zhu An artist's statement I consider myself as a visual poet, social critic, and aesthetic researcher. My work, investigating ideas of individual perception in a global nomadic context, integrates interpretive narrative, experimental documentary, photography, performance, and installation. I am interested in challenging settled understandings of truth and reality in the rapidly changing social, political, technological, and multicultural environment in everyday life. I inquire into the boundaries among the real, the unreal, and the surreal, using creative means to blur genre distinctions and to explore the notion of “elsewhere”, “inbetween space”, “dualism”, and “oneness”. For instance, “DISTANCE BETWEEN” offers a portrait of international couples involved in long-distance relationships, combining documentary footage with designed scenarios and mi-
xed re-enactments of real interviews to highlight transformation of communication in a mediated and technologically enabled exchange. In “Wereable Urban Routine”, I restructured walking meditation inspired by the Japanese Marathon Monks aiming to transform the routine of urban life into a meditative process of self-discovery. Terminal Island is a singlechannel video investigating an alternative perception of time and space in a geologically specific yet philosophically ambiguous space through nuanced manipulation of documentary footage. I believe that in the matrix of worldly phenomenon, there exists some fundamental truth that may explain the puzzle if we choose to look at things in an alternative way. Therefore, it is my goal to represent the different angle without actually telling the truth that I think is true.
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