LEMONS (I OF III)
LEMONS is part of three videos made during the lockdown confinement as a result of Covid 19 pandemic. If ever, this is a time where every confined person becomes highly aware of their domestic space and evaluates this relationship to that of their physical environment and interpersonal circles. As the world enters into a moment of quiet solitude, is this moment of tension and fear productive for our contemplation? Has this unfortunate phenomenon become an enforced moment to evaluate our human intervention across the world? What were we thinking - separated from each other, in our supposedly safest environment? Caught between the bliss of quiet and solitude and torn apart by the news cycle, the silver linings of a wake up call and the destruction the virus hurls towards our humanity, the horror of its ability to transcend our physical bodies. Infiltrating into every aspect of our lives, the virus feeds on the febrile polarities that would drive the society into further chaos and divide.
SQUEEZED (II of III)
Violence, mayhem, urgency, ensues on the streets across the world. A CRY FOR JUSTICE: AN EXISTENTIAL CRISIS. Pre-Covid 19, our society seems plague with an insurmountable political, societal and climate emergencies - threatened by forces we can't control. Covid-19 pandemic worldwide enters Year 2020 penetrating further inwards into these layers of encroachment. We have reached our limit - our only remaining fight - revolt and rebel. "What is a rebel? A man who says no: but whose refusal does not imply a renunciation. He is also a man who says yes as soon as he begins to think for himself." Albert Camus, The Rebel. Camus continues "Rebellion, though apparently negative since it creates nothing, is profoundly positive in that it reveals the part of man which must always be defended". This video work is in solidarity with all the courageous and brave individuals who have taken to the streets for a collective humane voice. What does it take to be heard? To have rights? To be respected and be an individual collectively? Let's not denounce the violence these protests may sometimes bring, and instead ask why it is present.
AIR (III of III)
Where is a civilian's liberty located during a pandemic? Who decides? Is it in the hands of politicians? Scientists, who supposedly provides the most indisputable insights? The wider community at large for the greater good? These are the questions Gina attempts to underline as she documents a 15 day mandatory quarantine within a 15 minute long video. Set within 5-star hotel accommodations for its citizens, with all expenses paid by the Singapore Government, the essentially enforced confinement quarantine comes across as a generous offering. The luxurious experience is however accompanied by policies more connected with penal institutions: stepping out of the air-conditioned room for 5 minutes of fresh air is strictly prohibited; location monitoring is enforced by video call, location-sharing app and in person, for every individual above 12 years of age, a maximum of up to 5 times daily, to make sure no one escapes their heavily CCTV equipped habitation. A failure to comply with all quarantine restrictions could result in incarceration or a hefty fine of up to 5000€, or both. After 7 days of artificial air, within an 8 sqm space and constant surveillance, this supposedly luxurious quarantine becomes an onerous one, mentally and physically.
A text-base documentary that is a round up from science and technological websites that have written, discussed and extensively put out information regarding AI and/or the issues surrounding AI. Although these information are online, it is not directed for an individual and the impact it can make for all that comes into contact with A.I application. The attempt is to generate a video that debunks A.I myths, consider it's widespread use and highlights how damaging A.I bias can be. This video is then disseminated on Twitter, by an A.I signed off as Daimon- whose job is to do as trained, sending video to the relevant public. Daimon is also the first ever self sufficient A.I who lives on those who chooses to support him in this task (online at daimon.watch). The lack of regulation on AI is an issue that is as urgent as the climate crisis, especially so if one considers the rate of AI being implemented across major industries worldwide. Support this project's petition to the EU on A.I regulation here. Daimon is a collaborative project with A.I Scientist Olivier Peyran.
Text, printed images, Polaroid
A chance encounter brought TOM into Gina's working space, sitting right on her desk. As its presence becomes familiar, Gina's observation transforms into a fascination that sees her becoming increasingly obsessed with this inanimate object as a kind of idolization and fetishization. TOM's appearance begins to deteriorate as it live and breathe. A human intervention is summoned, a desire for TOM to remain as pristine and the insecurity of its ageing brings about a set of actions from Gina. These actions for transcendence, futile or indispensable? She conjures various forms within her power and desires to retain TOM. TOM still "sits" on her desk but now, as a Polaroid photo, it is taped to the wall, never look upon again, as it ceases breathing and living.
What does it mean to be creative? How is it that the curriculum in education always encourages creativity? How do children perform creativity? How do they fare? Why do children manage creativity better than grown ups? Filmed during Shaftesbury Park Primary School Creative Week, this moving visual tries it's best to capture those moments, as teachers and students carve time aside to perform creativity. As the lens closes in and document, this single moment of attention allows a closer observation within an energetic and brisk environment. Would these children that we see, so very engaged to creativity, lose it as they become grown ups? Gina has been privileged to film in a totally non-controlled environment (narratively), the filming process was non-scripted, allowing her to capture these developments authentically. We see how these children understand their role and their engagement in creativity.
*As shown on Wandsworth Art Fringe Festival 2020
Phenomenologically Love - a practice
5 channel projection
A practice - of love, balance, pace, falling and rising, engagement, connected to our emotive self. The four performers brings forward- strength, energy, freedom and love through their movements. A strength in order to contemplate, energy in order to practice, freedom to explore, love before neglect. And in these moments, just like the cicadas the muses sent to allure- immerse in song and poetry. Love, more than hope- "Phenomenologically love" considers love as an antidote to our turbulent and cacophonous period that is throttling onwards in an unfathomable speed.
Titled Dialectic, these fleetingly interchangeable images elicit corporeal awareness through the use of tension arising out of sensing. The sense of discomfort, which at the same time is stirring, engages all of one's body senses. Awkwardness with this confrontation seems to advance our sensitivity and one becomes more acutely conscious of sight, sound, touch, maybe even smell. The condition of material before the condition of dialectics.As it is, it belies our understanding of body, corporeality - the visual experience is dull, mundane and does not attempt to be directive. The tension that challenges comes from within and gathers outside on the surface of the self as its public-ness strips the privacy of our thoughts and being through the the act of exposed genitalia, albeit the anonymity. This phenomenological experience draws on our consciousness contributing to a narrative from within. A narrative perhaps personal and yet without the projection of societal norms, that comes bound together. A clean slate. A new dialectic. A discourse that arises out of neutrality without subjects. Emancipation of the feminine and masculine from its gendered narratives. Hardened and used , the body never lived its organic form- it's identity seems to belong elsewhere, never truly owned. Dialectics confronts as a way to revisit our tactile sense in identifying with it. Dialectics, in its binary and opposing sense, presents a certain concreteness that is slippery, subjective whilst remaining objectively visually veritable.
Maid. Helper. Caregiver. Foreign Domestic Worker.
A video portrait of Lyn, a lived-in foreign domestic worker who has worked for more than 10 years in Singapore. Lyn's story tells of her fortune to have a good employer, and yet she struggles to make enough to see her four children through school. Through the telling of Lyn's story, the problem of modern day colonization becomes apparent and the lack of protection that is overwhelmingly neglected for this group of workers. .
*Selected for 2019 Noorderlicht International Photography Festival: TAXED TO THE MAX, 26th edition
*Selected for 2019 FTho Daytime TV (an excerpt)
Archival inkjet print 84 x 59 cm
Metal brackets with rubber band and magazine interview cut-out
A plot of empty land up for new development is flanked on both sides by residential buildings. On the left is public council housing and on the right is a new private real estate development, what goes in the middle? Accompanying this photo is an excerpt of an interview from a fervent art collector, brandishing his infatuations with famous artists and extensive art collection. The two subjects are juxtaposed, housing is placed beside the commodification of artworks. Where-It-Progresses? (WIP) was made for a Work-In-Progress (WIP) show, the artist is caught in progress, but is society forever in progress?
Say Your Name
Through a meandering of sounds, one experiences various states through the sound textures that presents an immediacy within the body or memory. The sounds takes the listener toward an indoor, outdoor ambience mimetic to listening in (to oneself) and the affectivity of listening around (outside sounds, everyday sounds). It arrives at a voice, leading one specifically to some thinking-actions. Drifting through one’s thought, the sound manoeuvres between - listening, distraction, thinking and wandering.
Single channel on iPad
Presents pivotal moments of the artist’s parents as they grapple with old age and illnesses. Made after the passing of the artist’s father, it reflects on the period of illness before one succumbs to death and the last memories that remains for the living. The video portrays the 3 generations within the family as a passage of time as it bears witness to these final events of deterioration from time which eventually leads to death.