The Worldly Cave [Fán Dòng] by Zhou Tao
Zhou Tao: The Worldly Cave [Fán Dòng]

Filmed in various locations across the globe, including the South Korean port of Incheon, the Spanish island of Menorca, Fán Dòng in Shoguan, China and the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States, The Worldly Cave [Fán Dòng] collapses time and geographies to reveal the porous threshold between the natural and the man-made, producing an uneasy portrait of our globalized world. With no script or narrative, the lingering shots and striking use of color lend the film a surreal air. The foregrounding of human and animal subjects against a landscape in constant transformation asks us to consider what gets left behind in our relentless drive forward.

 Zhou Tao (b.1976, China) is based in Guangzhou, China and works primarily in video, drawing and photography. He often turns his gaze to the un-remarkable and everyday, merging different spaces such as cityscapes, landscapes, construction sites and wastelands, producing a topology of the contemporary experience of place in our globalized, hyper-modern present.

Recent exhibitions include Viva Arte Viva’, 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, 2017; ‘Sharjah Biennial 13’, Sharjah, 2017; ‘Tales of Our Time’, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2016; APT8, ‘Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, Brisbane, 2015; ‘Social Factory’ – 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, 2014; ‘The 5th Auckland Triennial: If you were to live here……’, Auckland, 2013.

 

2017, digital video, color, sound, 48 min

Courtesy of the Artist and Vitamin Creative Space

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