WHEN A CIRCLE MEETS THE SKY is a video installation reflecting on the intriguing relationships among nature, technology and human agency.
Shot in Melchsee-Frutt,Switzerland, the video of the installation is created by a custom-made weathervane capturing reflections of a mirror determined by wind speed and direction at the location.
Conventional cinema is a unidirectional medium where only things in the front will be captured. In this artwork, the camera looks both forward and backward simultaneously. Instead of a cameraperson selecting our perspectives, the artist allows the wind to choose our views.
Nature shoots a film with no human interaction and presence, intensifying the isolation of the remote mountain while at the same time complicating our expected relationships among nature, technology and human participation in the process of artistic creation.
Carla Chan is a media artist based in Berlin and Hong Kong. She works with a variety of media, such as video, installation, photography and interactive media. Much like the never-ending development of new technology, Chan considers media art as a medium with infinite possibilities for artistic expressions.
Minimal in style and form, Chan’s works often toy with the blurred boundaries between reality and illusion, figure and abstraction. Her recent practice focuses on the ambiguity in nature. Bridging natural transformation and unpredictable computer algorithms, her works are consolidated with a cohesive dynamic between form, means and content.
Her works have been selected and showcased extensively in in Asia, Europe, South America and North America. She was selected to participate in the European Mobile dome Lab [E/M/D/L], a European Union funded project which toured six different countries including Montréal (CA), Athens (GR), Plymouth (GB), Dresden (GE), Vienna (AT) and Lima (Peru). The project focuses on exploring virtual reality and immersive media experience. Her video won the "Top 3" video award at the Jakarta International Video Festival. Before her works also showed in the 26th Stuttgarter Filmwinter (GE), CYNETART Festival (GE) and Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012 (HK). Recently, she had her solo exhibition at SMAC in Berlin and published her artist book titled "TO OUTLAND" . And her installation "Black Moves" is selected for showcase at the 21st Incubator for Film and Visual Media in Asia as a finalist and the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Hong Kong.
The work was presented in the Transmission Video Art Exhibition, that took place in Athens at BIOS Cultural Center and the Bagkeion in the context of the Athens Biennale AB5to6 "Omonoia".