Fou Gallery is pleased to announce that on October 7th, 2017 (Saturday) 7:00-9:00 pm, the 18th UNTITLEDdialogue will invite artist Tiger Cai to introduce his experimental short films and videos, including Six Dreams About a City (2014), Truth Tower (2013), Twin Paranoramas (2015), and his looping animation series(2015-2017). Six Dreams About a City is a 24-minutes- long single channel short film, which explores many different topics, such as political memories, personal identities or the border between reality and dream. According to Tiger, the film is a response to and evocation of his thoughts and experiences as he lost faith to the Utopia once he knew as a child. The talk will also introduces Tiger’s recent looping animation series since 2015. The motivation for the recent animation series is the concept of “the inescapable, infinite loop of life.” By repeating themselves, these videos don’t have definite beginnings nor endings. The videos evolve endlessly as self-contained ecosystems. Observers’ gazes become a new method of editing. Audience can decide on their own interpretation in an ever-changing environment. However, being observed or not, these videos will be going on forever by themselves, just like the endless labor of Sisyphus. Tiger wants to make a statement through these looping animation: “There will always be a close circle that we, as human, can never break through; it can be history, ideology, destiny, or banality of life. In the end, no one escapes from loops. No one survives from loops."
Six Dreams about a City 孤城六梦 (实验电影短片) 24’12“ Truth Tower 真理塔 (科幻实验电影短片) 5’ Twin Panoramas 双重风景 (实验影像) 3’ Winnowing Oar 扬谷之桨 (无限循环动画节选) 2’ Argo Voyager 阿尔戈旅行者 (无限循环动画节选) 5’ Tameness 驯熟 (无限循环动画节选) 2’ Sisyphus the Tank Pusher 推坦克的西西弗斯 (无限循环动画节选) 5’ Rise and Fall 升腾与坠落 (无限循环动画节选 单屏版) 6’ Lost hammer 消失的铁锤 (无限循环动画节选) 2’ Tower of sand 砂之塔 (实验动画) 1’
About the Speakers 嘉宾
Tiger Chengliang Cai 蔡承良 (b. 1984, Shanghai) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in both New York City and Shanghai. He was initially trained as an Art Historian, but later devoting himself to fine art practice. His works include video arts, experimental films, photographs, paintings and installations. Through his artwork, Tiger focuses on topics like politics, history, city, revolution, Sci-Fi, also the boundary between dreams and reality, and more important, how individual human deals with all these challenges.