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.

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  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. Golden Heritage Living
  15. Good Vibrations
  16. Intergalactic Immigration Office
  17. Vibrating Pink Egg
  18. Skinny Dipping
  19. White Lie
  20. Who’s Afraid of Chinatown Orange?
  21. Homage To My Mother
  22. Movable Wave
  23. Portal
  24. Augmented Door
  25. Impermanent Infinity
  26. Expanded Field
  27. People Take Warning: Murder Ballads & Disaster Son …
  28. Day of the Painter
  29. Oedipal Art Wrestling
  30. I’M RESIGNING, I’M HEREBY OFICIALLY TENDERI …
  31. Longing for the stars, Longing for the moon
  32. All work and no play makes art a dull boy