Media Art Category Finalist
Carla Chan (Hong Kong)
Between Happening is a kinetic, time-based installation, consisting of a framed screenprint and a hidden custom-built magnetic mechanism. A magnet inside the frame moves the iron powder and print onto the paper, revealing the structures and outlines of a landscape. The movement induced by the magnet creates ever-changing patterns of erasing and constructing, revealing and concealing the landscape, which slowly evolves through time.
The work symbolises the impact humans have on the environment. Every intervention leaves its traces behind, just like the dark iron powder leaves its traces on the print. Over time, the powder will smudge the print more and more, as the particles are dragged across the paper over and again, like pollution smudging a pristine landscape over time. The looped, mechanic movement contrasts and unites ideas of the cyclical character of life and the mechanic intervention of humans within it.