IRIS AND CEDAR (China)
SURVEILLANCE (Real-time installation, 2014)
Surveillance is a performance by two fish – Sharky (red) and George (black) – constantly tracked by an IT system that analyses their speed and the distance they travel in their bowl. Projected onto a screen, these data are combined with those of a stream from a news site, updated every ten seconds and presented in the form of text bubbles, like a series of text mes- sages. With humour that has a certain gravity, this curious set-up reports a real time discus- sion between two beings, no matter how insignificant, based on events in a world in constant movement.
Iris and Cedar
Long Xinru (Iris) and Zhou Shan (Cedar) are a duo of Chinese artists based in London. Both obtained degrees in London: Iris from the Royal College of Art, Cedar from the famous Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. Drawing on information technology, the visual arts, marketing and storytelling (those little tales spun by advertisers around brands to capture our attention), their works explore the idea of virtual reality and its impact on human behaviour from the psychological and sociological point of view.