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faith in fakes vii – tic-tac-toe

>> 21′ TV monitor x 9, DVD player x 9

“This is the reason for this journey into hyper-reality, in search of instances where the imagination demands the real thing and, to attain it, must fabricate the absolute fake; where the boundaries between game and illusion are blurred.”
from “Travels in Hyper-Reality, Faith in Fakes” by Umberto Eco

Macau, a tiny city, is developing and expanding at an unimaginably rapid rate. In the twinkling of an eye, there are numerous splendid and gorgeous casinos and hotels, huge theme parks and amusement resorts and facilities erected in every corner of the city. One dazzling and magical “Ichiya Castle”[1] has emerged in front of us.

Those resplendent simulated worlds, glittery neon lights and multifarious games are hypnotizing people’s mind at an unconscious rate, it makes people losing their perception of understanding the real world. The prospects of this quiet and tiny city become blurred. The original and authentic feature of the city is in a very slowly collapsing process. There is a feeling intermingling with palpitation, excitement, confusion, ambiguity and being threatened. The slowly collapsing process and the speedy and overwhelming city development have been establishing a relationship of gaming. My video installation wants to show this contradictive seesaw struggle.


[1] According to legend, Sunomata Castle was built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi overnight in 1566. Today, it is referred to as “Sunomata Ichiya Castle”. “Ichiya” literally means “one night.” Toyotomi Hideyoshi, was a sengoku daimyo (the most powerful feudal rulers in the Warring States period of Japan ) who unified Japan.



2007 “Time‧Space‧Flow, International Contemporary Arts Exhibition”, Macao; Kaohsiung, Taiwan.