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Organic connotes naturalness, connectedness, respect for living processes, a non-instrumental approach to nature, and so forth. In contrast, inorganic suggests something that is nonliving, unconnected, and maybe even unnatural.

My current body of work discusses the relationship and transparencies between the organic self (ecocentrism) and the materialistic synthetics (anthropocentrism)- a negotiation between an alleged protection of synthetics and deleterious effects that such protection may result in. This is shown through the mediums of performance and installation. A choreographed performance, which consists of 8-10 people dressed in clear plastic clothing, is achieved in an installation made up of white plinths and frames on a platform of high gloss paper (4.5m x 5m). This project is very much an extension of myself and my personal ties with the materialistic world and have been widely influenced by artists such as AES+F and performance artist Vanessa Beecroft as well as science-fiction film, Blade Runner. The installation represents a dramatized utopic dystopia that discusses a pathway that today’s society is heading towards. That is, a dimension in which although seems aesthetically appealing and serene from afar, when approaching for a closer inspection, the grotesque details of the performers’ discomfort in their environment however the odd unsynchronised counting of time displays a strange plateau these people’s mind are it. The lack of facial expressions, brings about the notion of a displacement of humanity and uprise of anthropocentrism- allowing the inanimate, inorganic, synthetic materialism to become an extension of the organic self and vice versa.

Christina Wu
PVC14
2014

Christina Wu
PVC14 (Performance & Installation)
2014

8 performers, pvc, thread, nylon, cotton, MDF, backlit paper
400 x 500 x 200 cm

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