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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.

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一系列不可接受的行为

尊重其他文化虽然可能在国际上已经有在实践,但对于其他文化的接受度还是个问题。人总是会用各自的文明来判断其他文明。一旦在自己的理解以外就不能接受,把他人的行为判断成错的。而往往被忽略的是一个人的理解通常限于自己认识和熟悉的文明。

《一系列不可接受的行为》描摹的是这对于生活条件和原理上的区别缺乏考虑的心态。每张照片里的行为都会以另一张照片的行为设定的标准而被判断成是不可接受的。

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Exhibition set-up at Dali, China.


One-minute Sympathies
2017
CD Album

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.

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Tracks:

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
2017
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
2017
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

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To live and let live
2016


1 minute, on loop
Single channel video installation

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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.

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Installation for "Each and Every" exhibition, at DECK.

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