Behavior performance, video, metal
“Luminous” explores how the communication tools of the digital age intervene in our bodies? The segmentation of online video, the dislocated and out-of-frame image texture, reduces the performer to a pure carrier, and hides it behind the display, creating an interactive scene that is both intimate and alienating between the performer and the audience. In the process of the protagonist’s monologue, the pictures of different characters are staggered, making this scene of one person playing multiple roles, like a split personality, more and more disordered.
In the process of video chatting with people in reality, due to the angle difference between the monitor and the lens, although they stare at each other, in the image, both parties cannot look directly at the lens. No matter how hard they tried, the two sides still couldn’t achieve a real eye-to-eye meeting. This tiny drop is deliberately magnified in the image, so that the actors’ eyes deviate from the camera when shooting.
The protagonist kept mumbling: “Can you see me? I can’t see you, where are you?”, but it was always in vain. In this way, it hints at the physical situation of contemporary people: under this digital network like a dream, everyone, through technology, has become the ultimate luminous body. Involuntarily, glowing.