A dying method of communication, but an interesting choice of art medium! We were super excited to hear that Christing Cheung will be faxing us over these works below, plus a few more, for Papergirl Calgary.
Thanks Christine, can’t wait to receive the transmission!
Christine Cheung Papergirl Artist Statement
Project Proposal – Paper Girl
My work has dealt largely with collective memory and perceived mythology through the visual representation of places. These works, which are often drawings and paintings, refer to questions of freedom, daily anxieties, and the impermanence of life. Using a wide vocabulary of accidental and controlled gestural, abstract expressionist as well as minimal marks, I attempt to encapsulate the world through the lens of a migratory and transitory viewpoint. I am interested in complicating identity and nationalism, and drawing attention to the simultaneous duality of the individual and collective gaze.
Specific statement about Tao, Berlin Style
A seemingly simple series, Tao, Berlin Style, comprises of a collaboration between myself and French fashion designer Aurelia Paumelle. The fabric chosen by Paumelle speaks to a specific resonance with Berlin, and to the mythology of the city. I photocopied these fabrics that emerge as images of floating sculptures. The images evoke emotional qualities, revealing textures, imperfections, creases and folds, embodying the paradoxical containment of the personal and the institutional.
In Berlin, the place where I currently live, there is an ongoing reconstruction by Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology IPK of shredded Stasi documents containing detailed private information about German citizens. Recently, in May 2013, it was discovered that Europe and have been taking part in Internet and telephone surveillance programs including the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) which copies foreign computer systems.
In Canada, the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), is an agency that currently intercepts data from phone records, internet addresses etc. and has a budget of $422 million.
By sending this series of photocopies to my hometown of Calgary through fax, a dying format often associated with large institutions, the works themselves will be transmitted and translated and hand delivered to the private property and front door of some Calgary citizens. Included will be a statement, accompanying the work.
I am interested in how this kind of metadata, or data about other kinds of data are communicated and received from different geographical locations, complicating their source and meaning. How is the private communicated? How do these mediums change or distort the message, and more importantly, how much private information do we want to be recorded for public view and who is viewing it?
1) Source: http://www.caa.tuwien.ac.at/cvl/research/dir/the-stasi-puzzle-en.pdf
2) Source: http://rabble.ca/news/2013/07/nsa-north-why-canadians-should-be-demanding-answers-about-online-spying