The redeeming thing about exile is that when your “old world” has vanished you are suddenly given the chance to experience another. At the very moment when you lose everything, you gain something else: new eyes. Indeed, what you eventually get is not just a “new world,” but something philosophically more consequential: the insight that the world does not simply exist, but it is something you can dismantle and piece together again, something you can play with, construct, reconstruct and deconstruct. As an exile you learn that the world is a story that can be told in many different ways. Certainly you can find that in books, but there is no deeper knowledge than the one that comes mixed with blood and tears, the knowledge that comes from uprooting.
Process Manifesto (for Dazed and Confused Visionaries) from sougwen on Vimeo.
Honoured to represent New York as Dazed And Confused's first States Of Independence Visionary, highlighting emerging American artists. Was a pleasure to work with directors Ben Louis Nicholas and Amber Schaefer , with music by Praveen Sharma, on this visual manifesto on the interdisciplinary process.
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Dazed writes, “On a train ride through snowy Harlem, New York, Dazed’s first States of Independence Visionary Sougwen Chung lays bare her artistic process as an interdisciplinary artist - one whose practice spans installation, sculpture, drawing and performance. Although Chinese-raised, Chung is based on the Lower East Side, where she takes bold steps towards the forefront of digital and experiential art. Blurring the lines between technology and reality, Chung’s focus is on flux: “the screen is no longer the medium - we are.” “