Media Art Category Finalist
That • This
Hu Ching-chuan (Taiwan)
This artwork puts the scenes scanned at different times and in various places on reconstructed spatial coordinates. The talking voices are the daily conversations in Burmese between my mother and my aunt who migrated from Burma to Taiwan and the US respectively. They have not met for more than a decade, but now traverse different spaces in VR. The "that" and "this" are near to as much as they are far from each other.
In a multidirectional internet age, people often turn to the virtual space to stay connected. In my own case, half of my family members have moved abroad. They have been using online video calls to keep in touch with one another for years. Although the internet eliminates differences in time, distance and space, it also creates awareness and memories that are flawed and incomplete.