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ZOEY (ZHAOJUN) DONG

Zoey (Zhaojun) Dong
Untitled 1
2013

photographic paper, 150cm x 154cm

Communication becomes a process of coding and decoding.

Privately, instantly and silently…

zoey.dongzj@yahoo.com.au

Communication becomes a process of coding and decoding.

Privately, instantly and silently…

This constructed maze is influenced by my experience in my hometown, Shanghai, China where the majority of people live in apartments do not know neighbours, not even care to know, because people rely on technology provided by the apartment developer. Technology improves our life efficiency, however the traditional face-to-face communication is largely reduced even between people who live so close to each other.

By using digital language - pixel, this series of work questions the impact of the fast growing digital language on human beings. Inspired by Thomas Ruff’s jpegs series that requires distance to make sense of the motifs, the image forms a busy, or even a bit noisy impression when spectators look at individual figures/pixel as opposed to the silence when looking at the whole image from a distance. I print these photographs in large size to enable viewers to physically move back and forth observing the images.

My focus shifts from the shape of the digital language to the colour of it. Inspired by the Glitch art and digital errors on television, the work illustrates the abstraction of digital depiction. The light panel is painted to mimic a photograph of what’s shown on LED light screen at the Federation Square. Therefore this light panel is a lighting copy of a photographic copy of the reality. By repeatedly copying the copy, it loses its relevance to reality. This work intends to question the truth created by the digital.

Zoey (Zhaojun) Dong
Untitled 2
2013

photographic paper, 150cm x 154cm

Zoey (Zhaojun) Dong
Untitled 3
2013

light panel, 51cm x 50cm x 10 cm

The work illustrates the abstraction of digital depiction. This light panel is a lighting copy of a photographic copy of the reality. After repeatedly copying the copy, it loses its relevance to reality. No matter what media you use to record this work, it moves a step further away from reality. Does the digital record truth?

Zoey (Zhaojun) Dong
Untitled 3 (detail)
2013

light panel, 51cm x 50cm x 10 cm

Zoey (Zhaojun) Dong
Pixel 2
2013

cross stitch fabric, 25cm X 50cm

People are more aware of their own existence than before, with the invention of high technology, we can see ourselves in so many different ways even through digitally constructed image. It loses its relevance to reality as we can only see tones of white, grey and black.

Zoey (Zhaojun) Dong
Pixel 3
2013

cross stitch fabric, 25cm X 50cm

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