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Lau, Yam
Nushu: Echo Chambers Nushu: Echo Chambers
2014–2018 2014–2018

Nüshu: Echo Chambers is a paired set of computer generated animations featuring graceful gliding cinematic motions through simulated space. In each, a song inaugurates the movement into a void-like space where architectural components float into view and assemble and disasseble small pavilions and three-dimensional letterforms written in the “lost” women’s language of Nushu cast shadows as they move across the structures. With Lau tenderly memorializing a lost “women’s” language, songs sung in Nushu by two different women in Jiangyong County in Hunan province, South China alternate. This work was exhibited at Agnes and Varley Art Gallery in 2018 as part of Chris Kline and Yam Lau: Weave with specially created wood and fabric pavilions. Lau positioned his Nüshu: Echo Chambers animations within double pavilions that mirrored each other, bisecting one of the gallery’s thresholds. The work testifies to qualities that have taken on resistent potentiality in the culture of globalized capitalism: the evanescent, the elusive, the resistant, and the poetic. Screens, so much a part of communication in contemporary networked being today, are, in contrast, positioned to shift between withholding and revealing, layering and disclosing the work’s unfolding intricacies. The elements of the work combine to probe a deep entanglement of idea and substance, being and becoming and memory and form.

 
Lau, Yam
Hong Kong, China 1965 Hong Kong, China 1965
Nushu: Echo Chambers Nushu: Echo Chambers
2014–2018 2014–2018
Two single-channel computer-generated animations 5mins. 30sec., combined duration, edition 4 of 5 Two single-channel computer-generated animations 5mins. 30sec., combined duration, edition 4 of 5
Gift of Yam Lau, 2019 Gift of Yam Lau, 2019
62-012

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