PATTY CHANG & DAVID KELLEY/ "FLOTSAM, JETSAM" -
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Exhibit from September 18 to October 25, 2008
1/ the part fo the wreckage of a ship and its cargo found floating on the water
2/ material of refuse floating on
3/ useless or unimportant items, odds and ends
4/ a vagrant, penniless population: the flotsam of the city slums in medieval Europe.
Goods cast overboard deliberately, as to lighten a vessel or improve its stability in an emergency, which sink where jettisoned or washed ashore.
Flotsam Jetsam is a journey video that was produced in the Three Gorges area of the Yangtze River in China. The work is concerned with the notion of landscape's relationship to identity, in the midst of the extensive infrastructural changes at the Three Gorges site. The video details the process of fabricating a submarine, launching it below the Three Gorges Dam, following the submarine’s progress along the river and through the dam’s boat locks to the reservoir. Along this journey various performances are enacted: dreams are recounted during psycho-therapy sessions in a swimming pool, a theatrical play is performed in a ship factory, and the actors’ concerns about the process and purpose of making the video are voiced. These fragmented, vernacular narratives weave around the submarine’s journey, composing a third narrative regarding landscapes link to imagination. Inspired from a broad collection of sources including: Chairman Mao’s many swims in the Yangtze, Jules Verne’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” and contemporary news’ exposés on economic development and imaginaries of the Asia’s modernization. Flotsam Jetsam is a collaboration of two American artists Patty Chang and David Kelley.
Patty Chang has been nominated for the Hugo Boss prize 2008
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