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Lucky Day

Video, SD, stereo, 9:55 min., 2018
The clips in this video were never meant to become a piece of art. They were shot in 2010 with low resolution cameras and served only as my personal video diary. Looking at them eight years later, they become interesting documents in the context of exporting and exposing (foreign) cultures.
When travelling through China, I constantly asked myself: "Is this real or is it fake? Is this the authentic cultural tradition or is it a staging or re-enactment for tourists?" These questions reveal more about my own expectations and categories than about Chinese culture, of course. It is easy to claim "The idea of an authentic culture is a social construct altogether". But what exactly does this mean?
This video collage tries to show how the sceneries collapse and images crumble – to expose even more images. It culminates with the German pop star Sasha on stage at the Expo in Shanghai singing "Lucky Day" on the 3rd of October – the German national holiday.
Installation for expo2001∞, with portable DVD player on sandwich toaster.
Photo by Olivia Kwok
Installation for expo2001∞, with portable DVD player on sandwich toaster.
Photo by Olivia Kwok