- I have been continuously hunting for my connection with the world, experiencing solicitude as well as telepathy existing among people.
What was lost?
This work is the reflection of global issues related to the coastal town and with the expectation of achieving more positive public responses. It created on the Brighton beach which is possible to be destroyed by sea level raising. I used the modal toys to build sand castles on the beach and wait for destructive flooding.
During the process of producing, many people communicate with me, some of them help me to build, and some accompanied me to wait for the tidal power.
This work made the perception of the bodies as a vehicle for this connection, to challenge the combination of visibility and knowledge. It may be idealistic to imagine that art can be helpful to address global issues. However, it can precisely multiply connections by implicating the perceived bodies of the viewer during the connection process, and this, in turn, avoids paralysis and despair and has the possibility of hope.
What was lost?, YE LIU, 2018, Brighton Beach, Melbourne, Photo by YE LIU
This idea is an assumption about the question that whether the ‘logic of endless material production’ can truly bring us a better future? It represents in the form of live performance and instantaneous installation to witness a disaster.
As a witness
when you gaze them and realise the history behind these objects, you are standing inside of this story and in an autonomous space to reconsider the human civilisation, awareness and the contemporary society.
This is a creative work performed by me and the audience. It is image-inspired (daily activities on the beach) and incorporates a fictional fantasy—the final sequence of the future. In this process, not much different from everyday life, I did the daily activities at this beach — making sand castles. However, when people realise some narrative details, these seemingly unmotivated actions are linked together. And when they stop their feet and communicate with me, they are self-conscious actors in this performance.