jananne al-ani
nick crowe
luck kimble
erika tan








  erika tan    
  identinet commission

Passing — slipping between the boundaries unnoticed
1995, three-screen video work
'Passing' explores the representation of cultures, contrasting the fixed and constructed nature of these representations with the non-linear, non-narrative elements of analogue video and sound. In particular, the focus is on definitions of 'Chinese identity', its historical transformations and the role of the media in perpetuating particular stereotypes and categories. 'Passing' has been shown at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne in 1995 and as part of 'Half the Sky' at the Museum of London in 1997. The work was funded by the Arts Council of England's Black Arts Film and Video Fund.

Sites of Construction
1996, interactive floor installation, gaffer tape, mdf playing pieces, Victorian racial colour coding: red, white, yellow, brown, black.
'Sites of Construction' used a multiplicity of media - including video installation and a variety of different games - to explore the iconography of the grid and its usage throughout the last two centuries as a tool for measurement, mapping and the construction of difference. 'Sites of Construction' has been shown at the Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, in 1996 at Acorn Storage Space in London and, more recently, at CAS in Osaka, Japan.

2000, audience participatory installation and event
'boatrace' is an audience participatory installation and event that forms a continuum with Tan's other investigations into colour coding and early Victorian racial classifications. Audiences are invited to make paper boats from a limited selection of coloured paper (red, yellow, white, black, and brown). The boats are later 'raced' on a nearby river. 'boatrace' has been shown and performed at CAS, Osaka, Japan and as part of East International, Norwich 2000. 'boatrace' was supported by a Year of the Artist residency at Norwich Gallery.

2000, installation, with sound (Asian bird song), video, lighting, Chintz wallpaper, tea chests, tea, lavender essence, P.I.R detectors, bird cages
'east' initially developed as a site-responsive work which focused on the Victorian history of Pitshanger Manor and its associated Victorian 'taste' for Chinoiserie. Referencing a particular wallpaper design (chintz) found in the drawing-room of the Manor, the work sought to keep a narrow balance between revealing and obscuring information, history and meaning: a balance that navigated a path between beauty and pain; the atmospheric and the real; the poetic and the literal. 'east' has been exhibited in various formations: 'Chintz', 'From China to Chintz' and 'east', and has been shown as part of 'Empire & I' at Pitshanger Manor Museum and Gallery, London in 1999; as part of 'East International', Norwich Gallery, in 2000 and at Axiom Gallery, Cheltenham in 1999.



An Arts Council of England / Channel 4 Collaboration