A Series of Unacceptable Behaviours
As much as the respect for other cultures has been encouraged and said to be practised around the world, the acceptance of other cultures has been a tough one to follow. Negative judgment is often placed on certain behaviours of another civilisation when it becomes beyond one's understanding, usually limited to that of their own.
A Series of Unacceptable Behaviours is a portrayal of this lack of consideration for the difference in conditions and principles - every behaviour is deemed unacceptable based on the criteria set by another.
Exhibition set-up at Dali, China.
Fashionably on a superficial level, the demonstration of sympathy often influences many aspects of our life, endorsed by the powers of impression. Modern sympathy has become a social currency.
There is an abundance of resources online for applications of sympathy, most commonly on social media. Such resources include pools of ready-made sympathy messages, sympathy message generators and tutorials on how to sound more sympathetic. This reflects on the demand for sympathy in our modern society.
One-minute Sympathies caters to the popular demand of sympathy consumption, for both general usage and for occasions. The tracks were made from online tone generators using text inputs from the artist – the act of retrieving sympathetic messages from online resources and applying them onto social media platforms makes an individual's voice no different from an artificially-generated one.
01. Everything Happens for a Reason
02. You Think That's Bad, One Time I...
03. At Least
04. It's Not You
05. A Lousy Song for a Better Tomorrow
06. The Shorts
07. The Longs
08. Bedtime Prep Talk (Sleepover-friendly)
09. Save the Christmas
10. Bonus - Bloopers
Sympathy as a Cosmetic Trend
Installation – Salon chair, Salon Mirror, Fabricated Fashion Magazine
Modern sympathy becoming a trend on social media, usually with agendas to maintain or improve relationships (both personal and work).
Sympathy as a Cosmetic Trend is an installation consisting of a salon set-up for one customer, with a fabricated fashion magazine which serves as a parody – a fictional fashion trend of altering eyebrows to achieve a more sympathetic look.
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Misfortunes of the Inanimate
Positive films, slide projector
Sympathy exists often in the form of a response, and most of the time with the agenda to make a situation or feeling better. However, such agendas are not required towards inanimate objects, since there is no actual benefit in doing so.
Misfortunes of the Inanimate is an archive of case studies, in which inanimate objects were victims of unfortunate events. The series of images aims to challenge the audience to make emotional connections with the objects, hence empathising with them.
"Empathy fuels connection, sympathy drives disconnection." - Brené Brown
To live and let live
1 minute, on loop
Single channel video installation
Conflicts, man-made or not, are always occurring around us. They exist when two or more different opposing interests collide – when one party refuses to accommodate the other interest, or when one party forces an accommodation from the other, sometimes disguised as a compromisation.
To live and let live is a series of conflicting relationships that are applied abruptly onto objects – the same way that conflicts can occur spontaneously, and unreasonably, in our surroundings. It is an exploration of conflicts while questioning the influence of the need for compromisations, and if refusing to accommodate is necessarily always at fault.
Installation for "Each and Every" exhibition, at DECK.