Zhiwan Cheung

 

The Impossibility of Home

2-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.

Other Works


  1. Survivors of a Lying Species
  2. Everything Is A Decaying Lump of Now
  3. Goose and Crocodile
  4. Disoriental Flavors (after Edward Said)
  5. The Immortal Gold Rabbit
  6. Welcome To Jungle Florida
  7. Colorbound
  8. Birdcage
  9. Colonial White
  10. China White
  11. Hanging Fruit
  12. The Impossibility of Home
  13. Reading the Rainbow
  14. Good Vibrations
  15. Intergalactic Immigration Office
  16. Vibrating Pink Egg
  17. Skinny Dipping
  18. White Lie
  19. Who’s Afraid of Chinatown Orange?
  20. Homage To My Mother
  21. Movable Wave
  22. Portal
  23. Augmented Door
  24. Impermanent Infinity
  25. Expanded Field
  26. People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Son …
  27. Day of the Painter
  28. Oedipal Art Wrestling
  29. I’M RESIGNING, I’M HEREBY OFICIALLY TENDERI …
  30. Longing for the stars, Longing for the moon
  31. All work and no play makes art a dull boy