Zhiwan Cheung

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The Impossibility Of Home

Two Channel HD Video Installation, wood, surface transducer speakers, Chinatown Orange paint, and artificial banana trees
6:46 minutes / Variable dimensions
2016
"The Impossibility of Home" refers to the idea of a non-place. Viewers drift within a physical installation—a grove of artificial banana trees painted Chinatown Orange. They must navigate between two video projections on opposing walls: one a winter landscape interrupted by the same artificial banana trees; the other an actual lush banana grove in which a character wearing an orange Zentai suit wanders in various states of undress. Poetic sub-titled voiceovers alternate with a subtle drone caused by real vibrations beneath the installation’s false floor. Altogether, these components create a sense of alienation in this non-place and non-site.

  1. Hanging Fruit
  2. The Impossibility Of Home
  3. Reading the Rainbow
  4. Golden Heritage Living
  5. Good Vibrations
  6. Intergalactic Immigration Office
  7. Vibrating Pink Egg
  8. Skinny Dipping
  9. White Lie
  10. Who’s Afraid of Chinatown Orange?
  11. Homage To My Mother
  12. Movable Wave
  13. Portal
  14. Residues of a Past Performance
  15. Augmented Door
  16. Impermanent Infinity
  17. Expanded Field
  18. People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs
  19. Day of the Painter
  20. Mines’ Eye
  21. Oedipal Art Wrestling
  22. Puer Aeternus
  23. I want to return to a time when life was simple. When all I knew about were colors, multiplication tables, and nursery rhymes.
  24. I’M RESIGNING, I’M HEREBY OFICIALLY TENDERING MY RESIGNATION AS AN ADULT!
  25. Longing for the stars, Longing for the moon
  26. what you don’t know can’t kill you
  27. We the People Want a Bad Romance
  28. Oh dear America, save our selves
  29. I…Not Everything Will Be Okay, But Some Things Will
  30. New World Order
  31. Life will go on as it has always gone on – that is
  32. In the Belly of the Beast
  33. I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
  34. I heard there was a revolution. Where do I sign up?
  35. Our forbidden fruit
  36. Bed Bath and Beyond
  37. The All-American
  38. This is water…this is water
  39. All work and no play makes art a dull boy