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  • 2017 2nd AUO Artist
  • Elaine Wong
  • City University of Hong Kong, Creative Media, 5th semester
  • WONG is pursuing her MFA from the School of Creative Media (Hong Kong) and was trained as a fine artist at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University where she received her BA (Fine Art) degree with distinction in 2014. In 2013 she was awarded the scholarship from Hong Kong Art Centre to attend the Culture, Graphic Design and Fine Arts program in New York School of Visual Arts. Her practice is about her experience in the city inspired by feelings and emotions of living, and the works endeavour to investigate social phenomenon and its relation to humanity.
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Phantoms of 20C (3'22")

Media Arts / Performance

  • 2017
  • Single channel video (Password: WONG_phantom)
  • 2017
  • Still image from video
  • 2017
  • Still image from video
  • 2017
  • Still image from video
  • 2017
  • Still image from video
  • 2017
  • Still image from video

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

She is never alone, even though she sometimes prefer to be alone.

They are here, always here.

Who?

They. You know.

They.

‘Power is everywhere; not because it embraces everything, but because it comes from everywhere.’ (Foucault 1978, p. 93*)

We are surrounded by voices telling us what’s right and what’s wrong. In the rhizome of truth and post-truth, everyone has her/his say about everything. We listen, ignore, adapt, resist and compromise in the hyper-narrative world.

Phantoms of 20C is a world of intense, unnameable mental conditions in a 40-year-old apartment in Hong Kong, in the form of voices/noises from within the house and penetrating from outside.

Waltzing between what is internal and external, sight and sound in the work become thick, undefinable textures, forming a journey into darkness, with muffled dialogues reaching for experiential transformation.

*Foucault, M 1978, The History of Sexuality Volume 1: An Introduction, Pantheon, New York



Advice
Mina Cheon, Artist, Professor

Hi Elaine


Phantoms of 20C.


Technical corrections first:
Please correct the title AUO (with the S) and include the time length of the video.


Artist statement is good, but it would serve you better to have an "artwork statement" as well for all the work you make, will you consider what the differences are between artist and artwork statement? Or, they can coexist, but then your artist statement can serve better if it also worked as an artwork statement (or project statement) that includes a clear description of what is being shared or shown, elements about the work that is not directly visible or explicit but must be articulated for the work to be understood in specific way such as concept, process, and other important elements, and then the artist statement can be the more poetic support that works in parallel to the piece or in response to the work itself.



If you would like a more in depth response from me or outside critic, a fuller text that supports the work will help frame your work so that you receive the response that is more constructive. the video is gorgeous, and the phantom and hauntology is clear in the work in the way the visual and sonic flow, the conceptual development of the piece still needs work, and sometimes forcing yourself to do the writing about the piece helps you get there.


Address Foucault directly, how it relates to your piece, how does power relate to truth? Spell it out for us, and then relate it directly to parts of the video, where and how do we experience this?



Might you start your statement with this sentence, "Phantoms of 20C is a world of intense, unnameable mental conditions in a 40-year-old apartment in Hong Kong, in the form of voices/noises from within the house and penetrating from outside." And, elaborate, exactly how this is transferred in the work, and how it relates to Foucault's rendition of power, and how about Freud's the uncanny? I think you will find more in relation to Freud in terms of spaces and phantom effects in the uncanny. Lastly, what does this have to do with Hong Kong, and the 40 years apartment, I'm completely intrigued if you can follow up, since there is a lot going on it, help unravel it for the viewer and art reviewer.



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