A screening and presentation by YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, a Seoul-based web art group consisting of Young-hae Chang from Korea and Marc Voge from the United States.
I TRIED TO DISCUSS COMMUNISM WITH THE CHINESE BUT NO ONE WANTED TO TALK TO ME is part of Pacific Limn, a three-part narrative originally commissioned by Kadist Foundation, San Francisco. Employing YHCHI’s signature text-based animation synchronized to a musical score and superimposed over static or moving images, the work takes the audience on a journey to contemporary China – seemingly touristic yet full of irony. Are Chinese communism and western consumerism simply two different names for the same thing? Is there still no counter-narrative to capitalism? Is the revolution over? These questions are left open, but at least there is some comic relief.
YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES is yhchang.com. Based in Seoul, YHCHI has done their signature animated texts set to their own music in 21 languages and shown many of them at some of the major art institutions in the world.