About this exhibition

Qiaoer Jin is our Artist in Residence as part of the Art for the Environment residency programme delivered in collaboration with University of the Arts, London (UAL). This programme was launched by UAL in 2015, led by Environmental Professor and internationally renowned artist Lucy Orta. Artists are invited to explore concerns that define the 21st century from biodiversity to sustainability.

Jin primarily works with time-based media such as sound and video. Her practice draws attention to the relationship between human beings and the natural environment. Recently she has experimented with fictional story telling as a method to explore post-humanism. For this exhibition, Jin exhibits three video works: Ouroboros’ Death; Harbour City and Waterfall. 

Ouroboros’ Death is a single channel video composed of video clips, found footage and composite still frames. It tells the story of a fictional city in which severe environmental pollution and dwindling natural resources result in human corpses becoming one of the city’s dominant energy resources. The dead bodies are buried in the central urban park, the city’s only green space, the corpses will then decompose becoming fertiliser for the plants. The energy that this process produces supports the park’s facilities and city life.

Harbour City is a 2-channel video installation which explores the effect sound and light pollution have on the natural world. The work presents a fictional city in which street lamps and air defence alarms are relocated from the city to the beach in response to the negative impact of light pollution and sound pollution on marine animals. The residents of the harbour city experience disturbances to their everyday life, mirroring the disturbances sound and light pollution have on the natural world.

The exhibition will also feature, Waterfall, produced During Jin’s residency at CFCCA. Waterfall invites us to question what should be characterised as nature by exploring how tourism shapes natural landscapes. While visiting Niagara Falls with her mother, Jin’s perception of the compositional qualities that amount to a ‘natural attraction’ altered. Jin noticed that the physical manifestation of tourism resembled the repeated patterns of the natural world. Waterfall examines our distinctions between a natural landscape and a landscape produced by humans.