As much as Tang Dixin’s video may give the impression of a documentary film, once the work begins to reel, one quickly realizes the necessity for adopting a fictional perspective. A young Chinese Tang, who met a young Japanese Nan and convinced him to be buried in a hole among the reeds. This process seemed like two lonely strangers coincidentally met and played a game together, a unique encounter that could not have be repeated. Tang Dixin has an acute ability to grasp theatricality in a contemporary sense–the unusual, illogical and arbitrary encounters of strangers in an unfamiliar environment. The tacit understanding the two men have achieved is final, which neither has a past or a future, nor influenced by any conditions, but in the scenes constructed by these moving images here and now.
Tang Dixin, Reed, Video, Color, Sound, 10’17”, 2019
Tong Wenmin, Hover, Video, Color, Sound, 6’00”, 2017
2017.03.09, Hongbai Town, Sichuan Province, China.
I picked up the remains of an old eagle under a water tower. It fell
from the sky, a long time ago. I extended the wings along my arms . I connect myself with the eagle and walk around and make impromptu movements in my daily living environment.