Synthetic Reality

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film projection

Zhu Jia’s Double Landscape is a 16mm film recording of a banal scene, in which a young man is drinking coffee while being served by a woman who is actually a dressed mannequin. The setting is near a window, through which the distant view of high-rises can be seen. The film is devoid of any action, narrative or drama, but instead, permeated by an uncanny and melancholic motionlessness. The rapid urbanization of Beijing has produced a ‘landscape without meaning’, a spectacle without any trace of history, ‘the newness’, in other words, that creates alienation. Double Landscape, however, suggests a grimmer picture of the urban life, that existence itself has become a spectacle, for the sole purpose of ‘visibility’, ‘the transparency’, superimposed onto the ‘newness’.


Zhu Jia - Biography / some other works