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循環
There's no beginning. There's no end.

 Performance

Duration: 16 hours

2020

There's no beginning. There's no end. (2020), Ice Wong Kei Suet
There's no beginning. There's no end. (2020), Ice Wong Kei Suet

Exhibition series of 'Post-Human Narratives- Cyborg, Boundary, Situation' curated by Kobe KO Wing Lam
September 25-27, 2020

There’s no beginning. There’s no end. is a durational site-specific performance that takes place over three days, taking the chemistry of candyfloss as a point of departure to illustrate the endlessness and incongruity between expectancy and reality. Candyfloss is made by heating and liquefying sugar, spinning it centrifugally through minute holes, and finally allowing it to rapidly cool and re-solidify into fine strands. The dissolved sugar spreads and attaches to objects surrounding the centrifuge creating bunches of fine sugar strands, expanding and falling on and on. A regular candyfloss machine includes a surrounding shield to confine the sugar strands, but here the walls of the space become the shield and to enter the space is to enter the machine and everything, including us, becomes parts of it.

Candyfloss is a confection found at amusement parks, a fantasy treat associated with fun and happiness, correlating with the imaginary unspoiled and utopian funfair, a place of temporary escape from reality. Even the word candyfloss metaphorically means something perceived as lacking in worth or substance, but still, we desire its non-nutritious, transient pleasures. Is it a law of nature to struggle on with both eagerness and endless dissatisfaction?

《循環》是一個持續三天的場域特定表演。透過觀察棉花糖的物理性產生過程,思考著人們永無止境的憧憬、慾望與現實的落差。固體狀的糖粒受發熱管的熱力影響轉化成液態狀,再經機器高速轉動的拉扯下形成糖絲狀。過程中,液態化的糖絲不停由機器的中心噴出,依附於機器的四周,一束束輕飄飄的糖絲散落於房間的四周。如是者,這個現象不停重覆上演,直到機器裡的糖粒全部轉化完,而觀眾身處的房間亦化成棉花糖機的一部分,被糖絲覆蓋著。

棉花糖,總給人美好的聯想———多數出現在嘉年華、遊樂場或一些充滿著歡樂的地方,這個約定俗成的現象亦被納入字典的通俗解釋。然而,某程度上,嘉年華、遊樂場就是人們想像出來,給予自己一個喘息的空間,短暫放下疲倦的現實生活。我們很清楚這種短暫不能成為心中憧憬的永恆,那瞬間的美好,注定是有期限的。世界,每天就是在這樣的憧憬與失望之間不停運轉,周而復始。

Venue Support: Hidden Space
Exhibition Graphic Design: Erina Si
Exhibition Website: Side Gig Laboratory

Photo by: Karina Ye
Video Production: Karina Ye, Haniz
Text Editing: Karina Ye

Special thanks to:
Christina Tam, Man Hin Siu, Jason Xue, Jing Wong, Sylvia Cheng, Florence Lam, Nona Kan, Sabrina Poon

For more details: https://posthumannarratives.com/part1

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