ShanghART Gallery 香格纳画廊
中文

Night of Patmos
LI RAN 李然
2017
Sound, Black and white, Single channel HD video
20 minutes
Edition of 5 + 1AP
LR_3355

online view: https://vimeo.com/232789142
Youku: https://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMzAyNTk2NTcwOA==.html?spm=a2hzp.8244740.0.0
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On the basis of the novel Cold Night, I tried hard to analyze a character named Fengguang. He appears less in the description of the book, and most of them comes from the imagination and conjecture of Wang Wenxuan and his family, which of that is misplaced and alienated. Other characters in the novel also have different understanding of him, who is always considered as a negative signal for Wang’s family. However, he also carries some unusual values, life habits, and relaxed attitude that differentiate him from the poor intellectual class. Those short and powerful texts unfold his utterance, personality, and emotion. When facing Shusheng, the women he loves, a subtle romanticism emerged.

In this video, I used several pieces of alienated materials, including the selections from biblical one-act play that improvised by stage actors; the aside is embellished by romantic proses and lyrics, portraying a mountaineering-gathering scenery of a heretics group, and its atmosphere turns from humored to fanatical. The weaving of images refers to different kinds of picture documents from 1950 to 1980. All above intertwined closely in the video, or occasionally deviate from each other, forming an expression with overlapping multi-thread. This is one of my understandings of how Fengguang appears in the novel.

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