The Third Seal–They Are Already Old. They Don’t Need To Exist Anymore
2009, digital video, B&W, stereo sounds, dimensions variable
The Third Seal is part of The Seven Seals, an on-going series of seven digital video installations using textsand computer technology to show TSANG’s thoughts on various current affairs. The Seven Seals draws its inspiration from a variety of sources including the Bible, Judeo-Christian eschatology, existentialism, metaphysics and politics, attempting to articulate complex situations of the world and the dilemmas that people face when approaching “the end of the world” scenarios. Animated phases and short sentences appear and move and float about, sometimes like a murmur and sometimes like an admonition that reveals the nature of human beings and our fluctuating emotions. The texts remind us of issues such as war, terrorism, revolution, death, murder, suicideor self-denial. Without a clear beginning or end, each installation in the The Seven Seals creates differentcycles of text on continuous loops that appear to repeatthemselves without end. These echo the concept of “eternal recurrence” whereby all the issues and dilemmasof daily existence are seen to be perpetually repeating, foran infinite number of fleeting instances, even though we recognize and are aware of them for a much longer time.
Born 1976 in Shantou, lives and works in Hong Kong
TSANG Kin-Wah graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Camberwell College of Arts in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Onsite/offsite: TSANG Kin-Wah, at Vancouver Art Gallery (2017); NOTHIG, at M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong (2016); The Infinite Nothing, at Hong Kong Pavilion, Venice Biennale (2015); Ecce Homo Trilogy II, at Thurgau Art Museum (2015), among others. He has participated in numerous internationalexhibitions including the Istanbul Biennial (2017),Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2012), Aichi Triennale(2010), Biennale of Sydney (2010) and Biennale de Lyon(2009. TSANG represented Hong Kong in the 56th VeniceBiennale in 2015.