A video by
Yuge Zhou, Artist
“Green play” is a joyful orchestration of one of the great meeting places in New York City—Central Park, a utopian playground and repository shared by locals and tourists alike. The spliced footage choreographs a single summer Sunday and encapsulates an optimism that is central to American life. Green Play is part of an on-going video collage series where I am exploring the ritualistic characteristics of different American cities. The Green Play piece is the September featuring piece at the UMW media wall moving image exhibition at the University of Mary Washington. [The University of Mary Washington, located in Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA, is a public university that focuses on undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. The core of its main campus consists of roughly 4,000 mostly residential students.]
My work originates from a simple desire to make people aware of their surroundings—both the physical and the psychological world they live in. I am deeply intrigued by the history and distinctive characteristics of American urban cities, and the collective idealism, attitude, and pace of the lives of their inhabitants. I use my camera to document ritualistic moments of urban life and rearrange and assemble these documentations into a metaphorical city collage. This process helps me to distill and understand these spaces, which, as a native of Beijing, I find both familiar and mysterious.
The minimalist approach of structural film, as well as the harmony and flow of energy in traditional Chinese landscape painting have both inspired my work. The massive reconfiguration of the Beijing landscape throughout my young adulthood is also a lens through which the work develops. Most of all, the work comes out of the scenes that play out by chance in front of my camera. When these scenes aggregate, a rhythm emerges, an essential rhythm that in some way defines a place.
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Sound design by Zige Zhang