Beili Liu - The Mending Project, (2010-11)
“The installation consists of hundreds of Chinese scissors suspended from the ceiling, pointing downwards. The hovering, massive cloud of scissors alludes to distant fear, looming violence and worrisome uncertainty. The performer sits beneath the countless sharp blades of the scissors, and performs an on-going simple task of mending.The overwhelming situation presented in The Mending Project is balanced and softened by the silent persistence of a simple mending action. The large quantity and intense force of the scissors elevate the confrontation between the objects and the performer. The installation/performance evokes urgency, concern, and fear, while simultaneously influence viewers through the calming and healing aura of the mending action. As each visitor enters the space, one is asked to cut off a piece of the white cloth hung near the entrance, and offer the cut section to the performer. She then continuously sews the cut pieces onto the previous ones. The mended fabric grows in size throughout the duration of the performance, and takes over the vast area of the floor beneath the scissors.” [artist found here]
Goldfish are a big source of inspiration for the Japanese, but art collective Kingyobu has taken that inspiration to the next level. The group has installed goldfish tank phone booths on the streets of Osaka, making for quite the interesting sight. The cord of the phone floats about in the water, while dozens of goldfish swim around in the booth. The installations are visually intriguing, although there’s no apparent reason as to why they are there in the first place. [via]
Extremely difficult to adhere to, but it must be done if we are all to survive!