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The videos in this series unfold like conversations. Seemingly inconsequential things pop-up and take hold. A phone call interrupts, the sun starts to set, a stranger asks a question, translations are needed, and the ocean meets the shore. Each work narrates my engagement with enigmatic writers, with close friends, with histories, technologies and geographies that I know, in order to mediate those that I don't. I filmed in places and at times that exist at some threshold, such as where sea meets land, and while traversing above and below the surface of the earth, and during the time when day gives way to night.

 

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Waves

2014-15

HD video with sound

19 minutes 23 seconds

Variable installation

 

 

Departing from Virginia Woolf’s experimental novel The Waves, Tan’s video Waves imagines how consciousness forms in relation to society and its technologies, but also to expressions of geological and hydrological processes. Filmed at the threshold of land and sea, a conversation forms between disparate hydro-relations, such as Woolf’s prose, Courbet’s paintings of waves, Google’s data centers cooled by the Baltic Sea, invisible jellyfish, and transoceanic cables.

 

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Notes From Underground

2013

HD video with sound

23 minutes 45 seconds

Variable installation

 

 

Notes From Underground connects the Stockholm metro and Susan Sontag’s sojourn in Sweden with a cavern system 5,000 miles away in New Mexico, not far from where the artist was raised. The video suggestively links this journey to experiences of liminality, narrating varied intensities of geological time and strata of personal and cultural history.

 

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Sunsets

2012

HD video, sound

Variable installation

22 minutes 30 seconds

 

 

The sun converses with the force that is Clarice Lispector. Sunsets documents the audio of a casual translation, conducted over Skype, of an interview with the writer from 1977. This recording forms the soundtrack of the video. The visual footage is comprised of scenes that were filmed at three o’clock in the morning during the summer, or three o’clock in the afternoon during the winter, in Sweden.

 

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