Phantom Moon

2020.

Phantom Moon is a three channel video installation with atmospheric audio. The installation combines different media and concepts, portraying perspective by constructing the illusion of space. The system of plexi panels and transparent veils reflect and capture the visual projections. The fabrics also act as sculptural elements that influence viewers’ perception and experience of the space, loosely hung to resemble the flow of water.

The installation draws on an Asian folktale, The Monkey and the reflection of the Moon, in which a band of monkeys attempt to reach for the reflection of the moon by forming a chain from the branch of a tree, eventually it breaks off and all the monkeys fall into the well.

The reflection of the moon is both illusive and elusive. An illusion that would disappear when the water is touched, Fixated on a misperception which will not lead anywhere, should we hold on or is it time to let go?

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猴子捞月
因为相信
月亮掉进到井里去了
虚妄若真相
最终消失在井底

对于猴子来说
月影就是真实存在的月亮
我们所认为的真实的显现
只是我们思维所产生的幻觉
又有谁知道
这是梦境还是现实
The monkey reaching for the moon
For he believes
the moon has fallen into the well
An illusion that seems like the truth
Ended it at the bottom of the well

In the eyes of the monkey
the reflection of the moon is real
What we believe to be real
are reflections of our perceptions
and who can tell
if this is a dream or reality

Tan

Sher Lynn