[ISEA2016] Artist Statement: Jamsen Law — Matching Four with Twelve: Digesting Patience

Artist Statement

Satellite Event: No References: A Revisit of Hong Kong Video and Media Art from 1985

Matching Four with Twelve: Digesting Patience (2000) explores precisely such themes of desire, process and consciousness. A couch potato figure stares blankly at the camera, mindlessly consuming morsels of food as layers of images flash by the screen. As Law’s artist statement describes it, the piece “creates a three-dimensional metaphor for consumption and desire”:
Audiences must peer through layers of images in order to properly observe the action [of the character ingesting food]. The work thus sets up parallel processes of consumption: the actor as a consumer of food and images and the audience as consumers of the images of the actor. [source: artradarjournal.com/2016/07/06/no-references-9-hong-kong-video-and-new-media-artists-part-1/]

  • Jamsen Law (HK) is an artist and professor who has held solo screenings in Toronto, Tokyo, Busan and Hong Kong. His independent video works have also been shown at Videobrasil, Transmediale Berlin, the Gwangju Biennale, the Ogaki Biennale and other festivals in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Law has been an artist-in-residence at Artspace in Sydney and a guest artist at Castle of Imagination, Poland. Law’s research interests lie in the areas of media aesthetics, the meaning of process, existence, consciousness, interiority, desire and fear. [source: artradarjournal.com/2016/07/06/no-references-9-hong-kong-video-and-new-media-artists-part-1/]  npool.net