Inversion is an interactive audio-visual performance depicting the process of healing the past trauma or unpleasant memories by transcending oneself to celebrate rebirth and transformation. Healing process rarely takes a linear or straightforward step but it often undergoes a repeated motion of going back and forth with flashbacks. Inspired by the works in the fields of quantum healing and epigenetics, this work explores an interconnection within several sets of dichotomies: past vs. present, darkness vs. light, mind vs. body. At the nexus of sound, vision and motion interactivity, the performance consists of four parts. At first, the physical motion with the towel wipes out the screen via tracking technique therefore creating a real time interaction between motion, sound and audio. This part represents the desire to erase the past by simply blocking out the past. In the second part, the tension between the past and present time occurs through audio visual interaction of cello sound since it erases and redraws the lines that were deleted. In doing so, it shows how the healing process often involves both suppressing unpleasant memories while also having a recurrence of such memories with flashback. In the third movement, an automatic drawing is created with the sound of violin pitch, this represents a new vision for the future. Violin pitch and amplitude dictate the colors and size of the brush. At the end, transcendence and rebirth occur as the artist becomes part of the screen to embody the remnants of past wounds being replaced by a new vision. The video is made by digitally modifying a painting from my “Zeal Series” (2017) which highlights the spontaneity and unadulterated rawness.
The work was created in Audio-Visual Workshop (CCRMA, Stanford Univ.)