AI DŌ PROJECT
DINGZIHU - Video and Sound installation.
Dingzihu is the name of the video and sound installation that is the result of the collaboration between AI DŌ PROJECT and Eva Borner. The installation shows a series of images in a devastated environment in Shanghai , China.
The installation is presented as an exercise that aims to reflect the values, hopelessness, suffering and life purposes in an attempt to question or make us doubt about our ideals.
The images projected on the screens refer to the thoughts of Victor Frankl (Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, a concentration camp survivor during World War II, and founder of Logotherapy) as well as to all those people who refuse to leave and be evicted from their homes by urban-speculation; destruction of the historical past through the demolition of old residential complexes and the construction of new and modern urban settings, mostly designed for the new rich.
The title of the installation, Dingzihu, is a Chinese word that could literally be translated as 'nail house'. It corresponds to those buildings that are still standing as a nail attached to land in the middle of an already modernized or an envirinment of ongoing modernisation.
Therefore, the setting shown on the screens belongs to an area under re-construction by the city of Shanghai; one of the largest cities in the world, representative of both economic growth and the rapid evolution of Asian countries, and that is becoming a benchmark for the rest of the world.
What once used to be a world power against one that probably soon will be. One of the representative conflicts from that former power against the most urgent problem of modernisation. Two conflicts, two eras, two worlds... but one same image. Unfortunately, war remains as representative image of today´s world.
Thus, and using a common aesthetic to both conflicts, the installetion metaphorically aims to create a bridge between these two historical events while making us reflect on our own ideals.
(OFF)ICIELLE, PARIS. - 2014.
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