She is thinking of her cat, 2020, two-channel video (color, sound), 03’48”.
Fancy a call later tonight?, 2020, video (B&W, sound), 4’14”.
The sun rises, and the sun sets, 2020, video(color, sound), 02’56”.
Cong Wu is a visual artist whose works concentrate on the purely spiritual experience generated within alternations, that is, a kind of unspeakable, specific spiritual status producing a ‘mental jump’ which leads the audiences to a point beyond their rational thinking and the limit of our knowledge.
His two-channel video work She is thinking of her cat focuses on the inherent ambivalence and the eternal conflict within one’s inside world. In this work, the image of a hand appears accompanied by a knocking sound but soon fades away, suggesting a permanent loss, an enigmatic whilst immanent void or emptiness in our internal world: If the hand’s action symbolizes the illusion and impulse of those seemly attainable desires, the fading of the image of the hand implicitly breaks the unachievable illusion above. The video plays on a loop in which there is no such thing as a beginning, climax, or end, which implies humanity’s endless yet fragile relationship with reality.
Fancy a call later tonight? explores how a dramatically shifted external world impacts one’s internal world and thus evokes a sense of confusion, shock, hesitation, and awe beyond the realm of reason. It reflects the complex whilst subtle true experience of a Chinese lady living in Birmingham, UK under the effect of city lockdown. The text in the video is collected from her chat records with others (friends, strangers, relatives) on social media where the audience can view many kinds of opinions on her, even including sexual allusions and offensive messages.
In The sun rises, and the sun sets which is a sentence extracted from the Old Testament, Ecclesiastes 1:5, several scenes of normal behaviours such as eating and sleeping are abstracted to uncanny elements in a melancholic tone. This work seeks a way of alternating the experience of universal human behavior into a transcendent status beyond the boundary of everyday thinking. What the audience experiences is a mysterious, sublime moment that engenders a disruption of our cognitive capacity dismantling the sense of the continuity of time, thus prompting a contemplation within the audience in which they can reintegrate the existing frame of meaning.
For more information about Cong Wu’s work, please view his website here.
Contemporary Arts China