Video Art Program[The 33rd Program] Kwan Sheung Chi


ONE MILLION(New Taiwan Dollar Ver.), 2012, HD Video, color, sound, 9 min. 43 sec.
ONE MILLION(Japanese Yen Ver.), 2012, HD Video, color, sound, 1 min. 8 sec.
ONE MILLION(Hong Kong Dollar Ver.), 2011, HD Video, color, sound, 8 min. 18 sec.

As the title suggests, One Million is a video work depicting the counting of one million bills. Divided into three versions, the first shows a huge number of ten-thousand-yen bills (from Japan) being counted without the slightest hint of disarray followed by a similar scene with one-thousand-dollar bills (from Hong Kong), and one with one-thousand-dollar bills (from Taiwan). But looking more closely, we realize that the video was created by repeating the same scene of moving fingers, and that though it looks as if many bills are being counted, there are actually only a few.

In our age in which, due not only to various economic developments but also to the rise of the Internet and a variety of other media, information is constantly being converted into data, the distinction between things that seem to exist and things that real do exist has grown increasingly vague. At the same time, these systems are fraught with the danger that everything will be lost when they break down. In a simple manner, One Million asks us to consider the current state of our society in which a huge degree of instability underlies the desire for convenience and rationality.

Kwan Sheung Chi:
Born in 1980 in Hong Kong, where he currently resides. He graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003. While still in school, in 2002, he received widespread attention for a solo exhibition that was held at ten venues, including a museum, in Hong Kong. In his practice, Kwan uses a variety of expressive methods including a video, three-dimensional, and installation format.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2009: No matter. Try again. Fail again., gallery EXIT, Hong Kong
2011: New Media Section, Art Taipei 2011, Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
2012: Collected Works, Yuka Tsuruno, Tokyo, Japan