Evolutionary History of Syrup Cosmos, 2013
In videos structured as poetic vignettes, Chen Xiaoyun explores basic human themes, narratives, and conditions. Here the ordinary image of sugar boiling over into caramel provides a visual metaphor for the origins of the cosmos as well as a backdrop for a meditation on creation, spirituality, matter, and love. As in many of Chen’s videos, the singularity and simplicity of the narrator’s voice belies a deep ambivalence about about history and progress.
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