For example this work, called the “Ribbon Pet-Raising Game” that I have produced, I started with this
… I read through several news reports and other information that I read online about the protest,
when they had yellow ribbons as the icon for the protest. So, the supporters of the protest would
always wear a yellow ribbon and then suddenly during the process of the protest a group of people
who called them-selves “The Blue Ribbons” said they are against the yellow ribbon group and then
there is a third group of people who call themselves “The Green Ribbon” or “The Purple Ribbon”. So,
they have different political positions. So, I think, “ok, there is a similarity in this, between the games
that I myself am very much interested in as a genre called the pet-raising game which is very popular
in Asia. You have maybe a cat or a dog and then you raise it. It will grow or develop depending on
what kind of things you are feeding it. So, I think it is more or less similar as the ribbon-raising stuff.
So, I created an interface in which you can feed this originally transparent ribbon with different kinds
of political opinion, education or maybe money or violence and then it will change colour.
I think somehow this is a very interesting representation of the situation right now in Hong Kong. I
tried to use a very light-hearted attitude with this very serious thing of the protest and I think
somehow it would reveal my attitude towards the whole thing.
Very often I would have doubts whether an artwork is successful or if it’s failed. So, mostly – because
I am personally too involved in my work – I would always depend on other people’s opinion,
especially the audience’s.
Usually, I would talk to my friends about the artworks, in the way that a joke would be told. And then
you know when the joke has ended because you know it always ends with a very sudden sentence
and then the people will get the meaning by themselves, so I will test it somehow on my friends to
see if they would get the humour inside.
Just like a stand-up comedian: He would come up with so many jokes but he always has to try them
on the audience because he himself is too much involved with the jokes himself, so, he wouldn’t
know if this really works. He always has to have this audience to give him response.