5 Days in 5 Minutes
Multiscreen Video Installation
Video Length: 5 minutes
Dimension of the installation: 60cm*45cm*200cm
Video of the work can be viewed via: https://www.dingruyi.art/%E5%89%AF%E6%9C%AC-watch-watching-watched-2-0
This video installation is based on my durational performance ‘Live in Lift’, of which I inhabited half of a lift to study and work in for one week. During the week, I was imprisoned in the dark, encountered strange man who intruded into the elevator wearing monster masks, unexpected elevator failure and maintenance, students who entered the elevator with artwork taller than people, and a security guard who smiled at the camera all the time. All the events were recorded by a CCTV camera.
A month after finishing the project, I watched 35 hours of video frame by frame and edited it into a 5-minute multiscreen video. In this process, reality is re-edited, deconstructed and reshaped. As a witness, I gave a new life to this memory shared by me and others. What is reality? What is fiction? The rise and fall of the individual hiding in the dark are completely controlled by others. Has power completed the replacement of subject and object in this process? Through this immersive monitoring game, spectators are invited to explore the relationship between subject and object in the power machine, which is interdependent, intertwined and eroded in the artist's view. Furthermore, I believe that the relationship is both intimate and antagonistic, showing the characteristics of fluidity. We are not only individuals under surveillance, but also accomplices in the exercise of power.