AboutGasworks presents the first UK solo exhibition by New York-based artist Lana Lin. On display are some of the artist's key works from the 1990s and early 2000s, including 16mm film projections and multi-channel video installations.
The films are often concerned with Lin's family or cultural heritage and speculate on the problems of translation across cultures - whether between the East and West, or between our world and other worlds, such as the supernatural. Stranger Baby (1995) is a 16mm mock science fiction film that explores what it means to be human or considered 'alien'. We see a woman haunted by an androgynous apparition and curious faces flickering on a television screen. This is overlaid with a soundtrack composed of tales of people who believe they are from another world, 'first hand' witness accounts of communications from other planets, and viewers' thoughts on the film's images.
Linking the otherworldly to her cultural heritage, the 4-channel video installation Mysterial Power (1998-2002) documents the daily routines and religious practices of Lin's Taiwanese family. Inspired by the artist's adolescent cousin - who can supposedly communicate with one of the Taiwanese local gods - this work focuses on the figure of the spiritual medium as a translator between the everyday and the supernatural.
Finally, Taiwan Video Club (1999) introduces an underground world of television piracy in Taiwan. The protagonists record and trade videotapes of the 'epics' that are broadcast daily on television. Focusing on the fanaticism and low-fi material processes of this activity, the video draws a connection between electronic and cultural forms of translation.
A series of events placing Lin' s work in context will also accompany the exhibition, further expanding on its key themes. Please see the website for further details.