Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

No Snow: Sherman Foundation


I'm staying at Sherman Cottage, a part of the Sherman Foundation, in Paddington, Sydney. It's not every day that you're able to walk across the street into your landlord's art gallery and sit on a huge bean bag in the pitch dark to watch eight screens displaying Yang Fudong's No Snow on the Broken Bridge.

The piece is making me think about cinema and time. You want there to be a story, and you keep on trying to piece together the eight screens as your eye flits between them. The people move slowly through the parkland around a stately Chinese home. A drop of water ripples in a pool. A boat glides across a lake. A woman looks with unblinking eyes.

Then you start to wonder: is this just my mind that is projecting a story? What if there is no story? The movie becomes more and more uncanny. I love it.

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