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We will watch over you


Keating, M and Boden, M, We will watch over you, Chinese Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania and Sydney, NSW (2019) [Published Creative Work]

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We will watch over you is an animation drawing from paper cutting traditions of ethnic folk groups of the North West region of China and mythical symbols sonorous with the Spring Festival. The paper cut style is described as bold, simple shapes, roughly exaggerated in form. In the work, the figure of an Immortal wearing a hog’s head wanders through a traditional building warding off evil and evoking spirits. He is guided by the symbols of yin and yang in the form of the bird and lotus flower. He is watching and is watched. The paper cut motifs form a window from which the real world is viewed. The paper cut frame opens up into real time footage, coloured in sepia, of airports and street scenes. These scenes are overlaid with animated characters monitoring movements and adding numerical values to actions. The original soundscape uses the er hu and Beijing opera sampling to create a traditional but other worldly atmosphere that builds to unease through the repeated clashing of cymbals and gongs.

Item Details

Item Type:Published Creative Work
Keywords:animation, paper cutting, Chinese New Year
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Visual arts
Research Field:Fine arts
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Keating, M (Associate Professor Meg Keating)
UTAS Author:Boden, M (Mr Matthew Boden)
ID Code:132881
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2019-05-24
Last Modified:2019-07-11

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