Parellel Solo exhibition
7 channels video 12 tracks sounds mutimedia installation
12:05 minutes (loop)
12:05 分鐘 （無限循環）
And It Came to Pass
5 channels video 5.2 sounds multimedia installation
14:30 minutes (loop)
Music and Sound Design：SHENG
14:30 分鐘 （循環）
“And It Came to Pass” ◎ Chu ChunTeng
Shot in Chongqing, China by Chun-Teng Chu in 2019, “And It Came to Pass” is an immersive five-channel video installation that shows the progression of life through local everyday scenarios. The visual narrative presents common ordinary scenes accompanied by environmental sounds.
Chongqing is made to appear like a flood-like giant loop and embedded within are individual snippets that are interconnected yet unfolding in parallel to one another, including men that are leisurely swimming in the buff in the Yangtze River; captive sea turtles in the corner of a shopping center; couples embracing in a dance club; and a woman moving in between buildings... Without an objective and an end point, these everyday scenes are like fleeting images that only exist momentarily.
Juxtaposed with silhouettes of workers in the city, Chu uses a long shot to film one porter, so-called “Bang Bang” by locals, that are standing by and waiting. “Bang Bang” refers to a unique group of strolling porters in Chongqing, relying on a bamboo pole to construct Chongqing’s transportation network. The man in this channel appears like a silent spectator, as the scene subtly unveils the profession’s state of decline.
For Chu, “And It Came to Pass” does not focus on the discussion of the local historical context, nor does it merely expound the observations and annotations on China or Chongqing; it highlights conundrums, which have been collectively evoked by society, which are faced by individuals, as it employs a subtle and vague approach to consider how life’s intrinsic spirits are refined through hardship.
「 而它來去匆匆」 ◎朱駿騰