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Ventriloquists: Introduction

8-channel video installation
Duration: 01'51", 01'56", 03'11", 02'07", 01'47", 01'58", 02'23" , 01'29"
2008

 

 

In this work, Ventriloquists: Introduction, eight foreigners on their short visits to Taiwan were asked to repeat after the Chinese self-introductions I made up and I was also hiding behind each of the foreigners and feeding him or her the Chinese introduction word by word. Unfamiliar with Chinese, these foreigners just repeated mechanically what was recited to them without understanding a word of it. For them, languages became a barrier instead of a tool of communication. With frequent strange and incorrect pronunciations of Chinese words by these foreigners, this work demonstrates how interesting and sometimes absurd languages can be.