Carla Chan

When a circle meets the sky - the cold


The cold is a video installation reflecting on the intriguing relationships among nature, technology and human agency. Shot in Melchsee-Frutt,Switzerland, the video of the installation is created by a custom-made weathervane capturing reflections of a mirror determined by wind speed and direction at the location.

Conventional cinema is a unidirectional medium where only things in the front will be captured. In this artwork, the camera looks both forward and backward simultaneously.

Instead of a cameraperson selecting our perspectives, the artist allows the wind to choose our views. Nature shoots a film with no human interaction and presence, intensifying the isolation of the remote mountain while at the same time complicating our expected relationships among nature, technology and human participation in the process of artistic creation.





Exhibition Locations 2016