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The Fading Piece 消失之中

The Fading Piece消失之中

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This is a duo stop-motion animation. On the right, it shows a diminishing pastel, while the left reveals the development of a line-drawing on the landscape, simultaneously, line by line. It is based on a photo named Kwun Tong Town Centre from Wikipedia, which no longer looks the same due to urban renewal program. In this work, I restrict the role of the animator, as the length of the animation is solely based on the consumption of the pastel. It also reveals my engagement with time via the process of the consumption of the pastel.

Substances and energy are unceasingly circulating. A stop-motion animation in the virtual world is formed when the pastel in reality transformed into the scenery (Kwun Tong) on the paper, simultaneously, line by line.
The animation is the recorder as well as the carrier of the energy. I spent half a year to make this animation. Every stroke I drew, I had to record the drawing and also the pastel. I repeated around 14,000 times to finish it. I tried to highlight the process of the creation of animation and this is a long meditative process of making it happen.



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Born in Hong Kong in 1991, Jess gained her BA (Honours) in Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong in 2014. Jess’ work applies themes such as narrative fragments, body memory and focus on iterative manual processes and the aggregation of time. Jess’ work involves a wide range of media – videos, animation, installation – it explores the uniqueness and the malleability of each different medium, for example, outlining the fiction and reality with stop-motion animation. Her iconic works are created through the accumulation of labour and time. The material is constantly reorganised, shaped and dismantled in the world of video, connecting and extending with the memory and imagination of the city as well as the individual self. At the same time, her works aim to break the cold impression of media art, to portray the temperature of people, the traces left by her body, and to emphasise the process of creation and imaging. 

Jess’ artworks have been exhibited and screened internationally in: Ars Electronica, Austria, Animatou – International Animation Film Festival, Switzerland, Image Forum Festival 2022, Japan, Two Temple Place, London, IFVA Media Art Festival, Hong Kong, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong, West Kowloon FreeSpace, Hong Kong and etc. Jess was the selected artist of Tai Kwun Contemporary Artists’ Studio Residency 2020 and awarded the Nanying Prize from Taiwan 2022. 


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