top of page

Alternate

'Alternate' is a collection of three kinetic works that when housed together, create an alternate world. Here, every power dynamic woven into today's society is swapped. Each piece metaphorically presents one swapped dynamic by way of a game, hoping to highlight new dimensions of the inequalities that plague our world today. 

 

This project was created in response to the theme 'Kinetic Transformation'. Each piece transforms static 2D materials into 3D motion through three given prompts: paper pop-ups, zoetropes, and puppetry. 

PART 1

Through the game of chess, this paper pop-up piece explores the power dynamic of class. A seemingly empty chess board opens up to unveil three scenes with a pawn that here, has greater power than all other traditionally higher ranking pieces, representing the rise of the working class.

IMG_20201117_050458-01_edited_edited_edi
IMG_20201117_054900-01_edited_edited_edi
IMG_20201117_051825_edited_edited.jpg
IMG_20201117_051506_edited.jpg
IMG_20201117_062051_edited.jpg
IMG_20201117_062509_edited_edited.jpg
IMG_20201117_062752_edited.jpg
PART II

Through the game of cards, this zoetrope explores the power dynamic of gender. Through the frames that sequentially flash before the viewer's eyes, the queen moves up in the value sequence as female power is strengthened. As it passes through the king it gains a crown, the same crown worn by the king.

As unique cards that can take on a transforming value, the aces dotting the outside of the animation strip encourage the viewer to confront their notions of power.

IMG_20201201_141910-01_edited.jpg
IMG_20201124_154620 (1)_edited_edited_ed
IMG_20201201_142158-01_edited_edited_edi
IMG_20201201_142411-01_edited.jpg
IMG_20201201_142534-01-01_edited.jpg
IMG_20201124_155847_2-01_edited_edited.j
IMG_20201124_163505-01_edited.jpg
IMG_20201124_160104-01_edited_edited_edi
PART III

Through the game of 'Rock, Paper, Scissors', this puppetry piece explores the power dynamic of emotion v.s. reason. The malleability of paper is symbolically tied to subjective emotion, which takes control of rock-solid reason. In contrast to a world where being sensitive, emotional, or vulnerable is seen as a weakness,  here emotion gains greater leverage than reason.

IMG_20201130_183621.jpg
IMG_20201130_185218.jpg
IMG_20201130_184048.jpg
IMG_20201130_184926.jpg
WORLD BUILDING

These three pieces come together inside a game established in connections: a life-size snakes and ladders board. This installation presents a world that 'snakes' our current systems. 

The location signs introduce each reversed power dynamic represented using game jargon and word puns. The words stuck on each box present their own interactive mind game:  the viewer is inclined to associate each word with one of the two sides of the power dynamic represented however as they do, the viewer is forced to question the biases that led them into making that choice. 

IMG_20201211_212133-01 final_edited_edit
IMG_20201211_213331 (1)_edited_edited_ed
IMG_20201211_213108-02_edited.jpg
IMG_20201211_214450-02 (1)_edited_edited
IMG_20201211_213842-01-01 (1)_edited.jpg
IMG_20201211_214213-01_edited_edited.jpg
IMG_20201211_214009-01_edited_edited.jpg
bottom of page