Chan Cheuk Ying is interested in local culture. Her works relate to the value of traditional culture and create a reflection between social development and cultural heritage. Culture is easily eliminated or marginalized. She thinks traditional culture and history are the roots of our city that we should not overlook. Most of Chan’s video works are documentary-based, as she is influenced by a video projection artist, Krzysztof Wodiczko. Wodiczko is interested in real people and real stories, and he projected his videos in public to show what we ignored every day. Inspired by his works, Chan explored Tai O in her video projection project called “Tudistone” (Year). It indicates the relationship between nature, religion and Tai O villagers. From her missionary experience in Tai O, she discovered Tai O villagers use stones to represent the God of the Earth, they believe the power of nature can protect their lives. She projects video of the villagers’ daily life and a human face on a stone to visualize the image of the God of the Earth. It creates a connection between the virtual moving image with a stone in nature.
video projection on stone
Nature, religion and culture are closely linked together. Villagers in Tai O believe the stones are their god and have power to protect them. Chan giving life to the stone, visualises the image of god and create a communication between nature, religion and their daily life.