And It Came to Pass而它來去匆匆
Music and Sound Design：SHENG
Shot in Chongqing, China by Chun-Teng Chu in 2019, “And It Came to Pass” is an immersive five-channel video installation that shows the progression of life through local everyday scenarios. The visual narrative presents common ordinary scenes accompanied by environmental sounds.
Chongqing is made to appear like a flood-like giant loop and embedded within are individual snippets that are interconnected yet unfolding in parallel to one another, including men that are leisurely swimming in the buff in the Yangtze River; captive sea turtles in the corner of a shopping center; couples embracing in a dance club; and a woman moving in between buildings… Without an objective and an end point, these everyday scenes are like fleeting images that only exist momentarily.
Juxtaposed with silhouettes of workers in the city, Chu uses a long shot to film one porter, so-called “Bang Bang” by locals, that are standing by and waiting. “Bang Bang” refers to a unique group of strolling porters in Chongqing, relying on a bamboo pole to construct Chongqing’s transportation network. The man in this channel appears like a silent spectator, as the scene subtly unveils the profession’s state of decline.
For Chu, “And It Came to Pass” does not focus on the discussion of the local historical context, nor does it merely expound the observations and annotations on China or Chongqing; it highlights conundrums, which have been collectively evoked by society, which are faced by individuals, as it employs a subtle and vague approach to consider how life’s intrinsic spirits are refined through hardship.
about the artist /
Born in Taipei Taiwan.
Chu, ChunTeng graduated from Goldsmith University of London MFA Fine Art. During this BA period, he had made a number of short films and participated in international film festivals by his graduated work “The House of Sleeping Beauty” which was inspired by Kawabata Yasunari’s novel
After graduation from BA, he shifted the direction toward Fine Art, His works have been selected for group shows of “2014 Taipei Biennial- The Great Acceleration ” Kunsthaus Essen, Shanghai Contemporary Art Museum Glasgow Center for Contemporary Arts and Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art.
In 2013 Chu ChunTeng found a co- working Art Studio “Polymer” and is its first Executive director until 2015 Dec.