Four short videos
Guess Love Everyday (2’51″) 2007
Only You (2’50″) 2009
It’s Gonna Pop You Idiot (7’01) 2006
The Explosion is a Voice at Time the Generation Hear (5’46″) 2007
Three of the films explore the gaps in comprehension that arise in the process of translation. For example in Only You a well known and popular kareoke song is played with the written Chinese translation and it’s literal retranslation back into English subtitled over the visuals. The lyric ‘you are my dream come true’ is, for instance, translated through this process of chinese whispers into ‘you are the dream of my realization’. This same idea is pushed further in The Explosion is a Voice at Time the Generation Hear where a gansta-rap song is subjected to the same process.
It’s Gonna Pop You Idiot is, gratifyingly, a better version of a video idea I had and then never made. Here two boys blow up balloons. Filmed in slow motion to the sound track of deep breathing, the balloons get bigger and bigger and bigger. The first one explodes, like a death, revealing the child’s face that had become obscured by this large blue external lung. Fear, relief and fear again as we wait for the inevitable from his companion beside him.