The Chair Practice
Site-Specific Performance, Digital Graphic,
Video 48’24’’ (three parts: A Cigarette of Time, A Permanent Waiting, A Strange Land), 2015
The Chair Practice is an image diary documenting the interrelationship among body, chair and land around Los Angeles. I grew up in a city. As an immigrant living in Los Angeles, sometimes I found myself feeling uncomfortable in its landscape, especially an empty/open space, such as park, train station, big plaza, parking lot etc. This is my first time understand that, being alien is not only a psychological feeling but could also be physical.
In the Chair Practice, I reimagine the relationship between my body and the land. Using the body as a sculpting tool, I forced myself perform a simple task: 'sitting on a chair' in the public space around LA for nearly 2 months, more than 20 locations. From open space such as public park, hiking trail and beach to more urban setting, like fire lane, shopping plaza, I documented my movement in video, then analyzed it through graphic drawings.
Through the continuous practice, it shows the adaptation of the physicality and further develops my body memory with this foreign land.
I documented each practice with video. After the practice, I then studied the video and screenshot each pose. Some practice was longer, some was shorter. I usually won't stop my practice unless I can't come out with any new pose on the site.
Using the contact sheet, I trace my body and the chair in each practice and created move than 100 Body Chair Topography.
I composed the body typography with the element on the site, such as window, structure of the bridge or building, the shape of the highway. Those surrounded elements inspired my body movement.