Imitation Training

  • Artist Name

    Chen CHEN

  • Media

    Single-Channel Video

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In the movie Snake in Eagle’s Shadow (1978), the lead actor undergoes training in the martial arts through imitation. Through deepfakes, the present work zeroes in on childhood memories of pretending to be kung fu movie stars. In the process, practice and calculation, martial arts and technology, Jackie Chan and the self, all gradually converge. When ‘technology’ no longer refers to technology itself, it becomes a tool of nostalgia. This video presents the transformation in my relation with kung fu movies from pure spectator to collaborative editor, as well as the gradual process of digitization between physical and artificial interfaces.

(This piece is exhibited at the ARKO Art Center, as an offsite event of DAFT 2023)