One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean
by Yuyan Wang, 2020, 12'

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film   Presented at the 15th edition of Lo schermo dell'arte, 2021
The film is part of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images - 11th edition

One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean is a kaleidoscopic montage of images based on a selection of satisfying videos diffused on the web. The selection has been made first following the algorithm based on the artist's tastes on social networks, then through a choice made consciously by herself.  Underwater or microscopic images, human or robotic images, natural or mechanical images, aquatic or 3D-animated images: from the ola in a stadium to the devastation of floods, from the fatigue of sport to weightlessness in space, from lava to rubbish. Images so rapid  that are impossible to contextualize, process or interiorize individually, but by which one can only be swept away as by a wave. The montage is accompanied by an hypnotic and abstract audio by sound designer Raphaël Hénard, who, thanks to an algorithm, has selected and edited sounds from ASMR videos.

Yuyan Wang (Qingdao, China 1989) lives and works in Paris. She graduated in 2020 from Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains and in 2016 from Beaux-Arts de Paris. Her works have been presented at Tate Modern, Palais de Tokyo, 12th Berlin Biennale and numerous festivals such as Berlinale International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, European Media Art Festival, 25FPS International Experimental Film Festival.

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