The Time Will Swallows Its Own Tail
2015 ， Six -Channel Video ，4’33’’
Since 1990s, the issue of “demolition” has become a hot topic and an unavoidable social consequence of China's economy accelerating. Instead of misappropriating the social reality surrounding the demolition issue, I always confront myself with the complexities of the social problem, trying to understand the ambivalent emotions and opinions lying behind.
“The Time Will Swallows Its Own Tail ” is my attempt to summarize my understanding of forced urban relocation(through a work of art). To be against demolition is to be against violence and the lack of consultation. To be against demolition resists the collusion between the state and the capitalist system and the conspiracy between the local government and the real estate developers. However, my work still preserves the understanding of the inevitable deconstructing situation coming along with urbanization.
Six videos describe six roles respectively which are District director , Dilapidated city， Nail householder (the people who refuses to move out of the demolition site), Real estate developers, We-media and Augur . Together they form a city theater in the modernization process.
All six characters are surreal or magical expressions.
Nail householder: A nail householder surrounded by ruins is attacked by several toy forklift.
District director: A 7-year-old “district director” is entertaining himself by playing games, building-block, ribbon-cutting, etc.
Real estate developers: Among the advertising slogans sticking on a sandbox built on a benzene
board, an innocent yellow duck is walking around.
Dilapidated city : Gypsum reproduction of some old stuff alludes to the former territories of the city, exploding one by one late at night.
Augur: A augur was talking about the feng shui while holding a compass amid the ruins.
We-Media: Media users all over the world are discussing the demolition of the former territories via Wechat.
2015 ， 六频录像 ， 4’33’’