© Susan Pui San Lock

Faster, Higher

susan pui san lok (London, UK)

Du 10 avril au 10 mai 2014


April 10th – May 10th, 2014

Faster, Higher was originally commissioned to coincide with the Beijing 2008 Olympics. This five-screen work includes montages of Olympic archive material and rarely-seen Chinese documentary footage spanning the last century intercut with filmed sequences shot by the artist in the areas around the London 2012 Olympics site. In light of China’s voluntary self-exclusion from the Olympics between 1948 and 1980, and the avowed apolitical idealism of the latter as a global brand, Faster, Higher seeks to suggest commonalities in visual and cultural rhetoric, and resonances between notions of nation and sport, patriotism and physical endeavour, opening with the rituals and symbols of national ceremony and international unity: flags jostling along a succession of parades, processions punctuated by the release of doves and balloons. Ultimately, the work explores questions of spectacle and its construction, as well as collective identity and the glorification of individual performance.

Citius, Altius, created in 2012, is an extension of this work, condensing it onto a single screen with a new montage of images.

Faster, Higher was commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella and BFI. Supported by Arts Council England.

A writer and visual artist living in London, susan pui san lok devotes her work to questions around nostalgia, aspiration and diaspora. Her artistic practice includes installation, video, performance, sound art and writing. Her work has been exhibited on numerous occasions in Australia, China, Japan and New Mexico.

Vernissage: Thursday, April 10 – 5 p.m.

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