The art of 变脸, or face-changing, is a well-kept secret known only to a select few. In this piece, ubiquitous modern technology comes right up against this enigmatic traditional art form in a performance to remember.

In traditional Chinese opera masks, red indicates a heroic, brave character – one who doesn’t bow down to the invasion of new technology and distractions. Blue, on the other hand, is neutral; an astute and fierce opponent that perfectly mimics behaviours without emotion or meaning; not learning for learning’s sake but simply achieving the results.

It occurred to me that swiping an iPad screen to access different photos was much like changing masks in the blink of an eye, which is where this piece started.


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