FLORIOGRAPHY: ROSE

#花語連篇 #installation #scent #experiential #feminism #sound #consumerism

Installation view at the corridor (Detail)

BACKGROUND

Women grow under influences of all sorts, TV shows, commercials, films, peers… informally being educated to become perfect ladies in the eyes of the world.

Floriography is an installation that isolates audience with immersive sound and scent, audience are invited to experience a private inner journey of the expanded split-second before using perfume.

MOTIF

Rose is a key ingredient of perfume, 8 out of 10 has rose in them.  The space is filled with perfume, and audience can use the perfume as well.

Installation view at Market Museum (Detail)

SOUND

The sound has four phases, the whole piece is composed of the found sound from perfume commercials, film dialogues, tv program theme songs, pop songs… etc, and some materials are recorded from everyday lives like walking, sound of tunnel, conversations.  All the samples are edited and mixed for this piece.

INSTALLATION

The work has been installed in two different locations: a corridor (May 2018) and inside a wet market (Feb 2018) .

Installation view at Market Museum

The installation located at the corridor has flower bottles and perfume bottles on the two sides, audience is supposed to walk from one end to another, to experience four phases in the work – childhood, mass media, confidence and self reflection.

The corridor site is selected to present the work because it allows audience to walk in a particular way, and the reverb in there is unique, very much like a tunnel which enhance the kind of inner journey I would like to present.

Installation view at the corridor

The site-specific installation was located at a busy wet market in Sai Ying Pun Hong Kong.  The work isolates audience with immersive sound and scent, invites them to experience a private inner journey of the expanded split-second before using perfume.

During the exhibition period, visitors (especially people from the neighbourhood) are encouraged to donate their unwanted perfume bottles, and place them inside a large glass vase at the site.

Installation view at Market Museum (Detail)

 

Coverages / Extended readings

Review by William Tsang (Standsnews), Mar 20 2018

Facebook event page

Facebook post about Floriography

Listing on Arts-news

Market Museum Facebook page

 

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