Posts Tagged ‘Isaac Julien’

The multi-media installations were the standouts on Cockatoo Island. By using nine projectors and nine screens Isaac Julien was able to project different images onto each of the screens while maintaining the same sequence of images for each projected video. This meant that if I sat in the middle of the space and moved my head slightly I could view eight – nine different moving images within a few seconds as none of the projectors were synchronised. However my reading of the various images remained the same because the sequencing of the images was constant. Waves and a female ghost with long black hair were recurring themes throughout the video sequence. My reading of the ghost was that she was the transcendent spirit of the Chinese people. Julian frequently intercut her image with dramatised scenes from decadent pre-revolutionary China, the Maoist era and footage of urban development in the 21st century. The visual quality of the images, editing and time delayed, multi-screening  of the video installation is a must for cine and Sinophiles but you will have to be quick because the Biennale ends on the 1st of August.


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