In the moving image history, people are more familiar with life action, which are made in real settings to represent reality. For a long time, realism dominated the development of photography, cinema and video. However, the moving images in the early 19th century were mostly hand-drawn. This type of art later developed as animation, an aspect of the history that has rarely been discussed. Pei-Shih Tu is fascinated by the essence of animation. Since 2007, she has continuously explored the contextual potentiality of animation through the art of stop motion and collage, and reflected on the imaginative quality of animation and implicitly expresses her observation on society and history through exploring and fabricating the relationship between video and narrative.
The solo exhibition, The Abstraction Series, at Digital Art Center (DAC), Taipei showcases video works Tu has developed since 2015. The exhibition explores the boundary of video and the definition of animation, and poses a question: could any video work fit the logic of pixilation, meaning it would be an animation that is visually abstract but made with stop motion?
In the single-channel animation, Abstraction and Pixilation of “Cumming Inside Her Asian Pussy”, the artist uses stop motion to reproduce a pornographic video, titled "Cumming Inside Her Asian Pussy" from pornhub.com. First, she restored the video into six thousand images, which was the frame number of the original video. Then, she printed out these images and photographed them according to the video timeline by a 40-times optical zoom and focusing on the main body parts in sexual intercourse. The completed animation is brilliantly abstract in its visual representation; and the animation content is based on real people. Another synchronized four-channel animation, Abstraction and Pixilation of “Gennady Golovkin vs Marco Antonio Rubio 18 10 2014”, is also created in the same manner with a boxing match documentary on YouTube. The four channels individually display two boxing matches, a post-match champion interview of Golovkin, and a pre-match documentation of the intense atmosphere in the ring.
The original texts of the two videos convey a strong sense of physical interaction and presence. During the exhibition, the artist will collaborate with performers to create performances onsite in the hope of producing more diverse possibilities.