Networking Table: Version 2022
When people start to identify their reachable surroundings through encounters, they doubt how they should interpret, or trust one another.
This video work depicts the relationship between the conscious and unconscious self, and how others comprehend us. By featuring repetitive motions of a stranger, it was recreated to simultaneously play 3 parts of the original video in 1 single screen, serving as a metaphorical self that has been appearing or intentionally performing in front of a CCTV camera. With the spatial and time alterations, an illusion that the video is indeed played in a typical security room is created.
Through the alteration of visual images, the artists hope to reflect how fragile human relationships have become under technological advancement of daily surveillance tools and the uncertainty of human consciousness. - while some people might not notice CCTVs, there are people very conscious of them. Regardless of the state of consciousness of the filmed subject(s), viewers could only comprehend them virtually as a stranger to one another. Such pattern repeatedly happens in our daily lives and people may gradually be convinced this is how we should understand others.
Regardless of human consciousness, how do we trust each other?
Wai Kit Lam graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003 and a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, the United Kingdom, in 1996. She mainly uses photography, video art, sound and installation as her medium of artistic creation. Lam loves to challenge conventional ideas and rethink humans' diverse representation of relationships and identities. In her exhibit, she emphasises the co-existence of vulnerability and intimacy between humans through a combination of moving images, videos and installations.
Wai Kit Lam