The Apprentice of Atlas

BY CHRISTIE CHAN 陳雍希

The Apprentice of Atlas
Single channel digital video, stainless steel spoons, watercolour on paper
2:00, B/W, loop, size variable
2015

A way to flip one’s inverted reflection in the spoon right-side up is to do a handstand in front of the spoon. The world within the spoon is a world turned upside down. I imagined, doing a handstand in such a world can be seen as an act of lifting up the sky, while the sky’s weight felt by the handstander is indeed their own weight.

The Apprentice of Atlas is a fabricated myth developed from this imaginary logic. It is about how the apprentice responds to an environment which goes against her nature and how she struggles between two choices: to conform to, or, to struggle against such an environment. The narrative also addresses the burdens one might have to bear in life. Its sky represents different things at different parts of the story. At the beginning, it represents one’s duty. As the story develops, it also symbolises emptiness and the apprentice’s awareness of her own existence—some of the things that, perhaps, constitute the heaviest burdens in life.

阿特拉斯的學徒
單頻數碼錄像、匙羹、水彩紙本
2:00,黑白,循環播放,尺寸不一
2015

當一個人在匙羹面前做倒立,他在匙羹裡被倒置影象便可以回復正立,像是在現實世界將自己顛倒換取在一個顛倒世界自身的正常。《阿特拉斯的學徒》是由此想像發展出來的虛構神話,透過用繪畫及錄像裝置,講述希臘神話裡的擎天神阿特拉斯及其學徒之間荒誕的故事,探討生命中最沉重的負擔。我在錄像中扮演正在做倒立的學徒,通過匙羹反映出來的鏡像,看起來像是用雙臂托起了沉重的天空。那片天空,有時是責任,有時卻是如自身般沉重的虛無。

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