EXILE: Recall and Evocation


“We experience the world through the senses, and the act of seeing is one of giving meaning, taking stock of our environment to counterbalance chaos. In the way that we are born into language, we also enter an unfolding, socially defined world of visual continuum.” – George Legrady

The exhibition presents “EXILE,” a video installation by wenjin zhou, SCAD M.F.A. interactive design and game development student.

Zhou creates a new form of poetics emerging from cinematic provocation of emotion with an emphasis on meta-narrative reflection on storytelling in digital medium. EXILE makes it possible to experience a new conception of the world, where there is no longer a linear relationship between cause and effect and no fixed point of view.

Structured as a big hypertext of film sequences, EXILE can be seen as a visual poem that plays on the central theme of existential loss. It explores the fragile inner life of the protagonists who take traveling as a mobile refuge from social circumstance by foregrounding their obscure psychological introspection. The process compounds the overall perceptual overload generated by alternating pure color shots, flickering images and audio fragments to reinforce the cinematic provocation of emotion that ruptures with standard narrative of progress. It is hoped that this strategy could arouse chaos of our strongest feelings and to establish an evocative relationship with the past as fragments of micro-narrative flash up in the present.

Reception: Friday, Mar. 8, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.