Tao Hui incorporates folk culture and traditional art forms into his practice, through painting, video, and graphic works. He uses technological procedures and elements from traditional Chinese culture to question globalisation, virtual relationships, and hegemonic thinking.
Displayed on nine television monitors—resembling headstones installed in three rows of three—the work featured in this video, Hello, Finale! (2017), consists of short films depict characters speaking on the telephone. Although the protagonists differ in age, gender, and occupation, their conversations all relate to the end of time, death, and finality. Without a specific beginning or end, the films encourage viewers to imagine and interpret the development of the stories themselves.
Tao shot Hello, Finale! during an artist residency in Kyoto with local actors, but the Japanese dialogue follows a script that draws from Chinese news stories. He translates complex individual sentiments of confusion and anxiety into a universal social phenomenon. The fragmented narratives are constructed with tender, delicate visual tropes and finely designed costumes and props that contrast starkly with the sombre dialogue.
This video was originally published on M+ Stories.
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