Frank Wang Yefeng is an interdisciplinary artist working across a range of digital media, including 3D animation, video, installation, sculpture and poetry. His work is concerned with finding meaning in life across borders, travelling overseas, and between fact and fiction. Most recently, he has been working on animations in which objects are converted into ‘characters’ who are repeatedly inflated and deflated. They carry the riddles of our current time and provoke thoughts on an alternative future.
Slow Spectre is composed of a 3D animation short and outdoor billboards in various locations around London. The piece is inspired by a discursive road trip in a remote area of Europe. Away from the primary highroads and large chain petrol stations, an absurd bird-shaped mannequin is accidentally encountered at a humble café on a country roadside. The mannequin endlessly waves at the passing vehicles without receiving a response. In the animation, the character appears as an invisible ghost who levitates in the middle of the road. It witnesses its surroundings while constantly being neglected. Its sedate sense of time is in contrast to the constant acceleration of the passengers below.
By recontextualising the character in its solitude, the piece disrupts and slows down the pace of the rapid life of passersby with an uncanny presence. On the outdoor billboards, QR codes are printed together with animation stills, making the passersby stop, scan, and view the animation in the online exhibition. The project questions the anthropocentric postulation of advanced capitalism and investigates the notion of “fulfilment” in a society of accelerationism. While the accelerationist prediction of emancipation has yet to be realised, this character intends to fulfil an outlook of “newness” by the gestures of “deceleration” and “disruption.”
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