One of my recent works in the show is called “The Swiss Roll” and this artwork consists of two
projec-tions that are superimposed on each other.
One of the projections is a live stream of a rolling toy called “Swiss Roll” which is a dessert and is very
popular in Hong Kong. I have this live projection of this toy which is rolling all the time and then it’s
beamed onto another projection which is more close-up shots of the protesters in the Hong Kong
pro-test. And then they are superimposed on each other which results in a new video installation.
The idea is that … Because this so-called “Swiss Roll” is a dessert, it’s called “Swiss Roll” but it’s actually
not originated from Switzerland, it’s originated somewhere in Central Europe but not in Switzerland.
So, I consider it has some kind of identity crisis – so as the protesters in the Hong Kong Yellow
Umbrella Movement who is also very struggled by their identity problem as a Chinese or as a
mainlander or Hong Konger. I think there is a parallel here, so I superimposed two images together.
In another work I have done – also in this exhibition, it is called “City Revolutioner” – in which I use
this idea of a city flaneur who takes a random walk in the city and then I will try to work also with my
friend in Hong Kong and we will use this GPS navigator and then we try to walk in the city and then
we will have the record of the routes that we walked. And then I will walk with this Chinese character
of the revolution and my friend would walk in the English word “Revolution” in Hong Kong. I did this
in Zurich so that we would both be a city revolutioner by doing this, but then again, we are not
doing anything because this doesn’t fit into the content at all.