The Plastic Garden

The Plastic Garden

The Plastic Garden

11 min 12 sec
Single Channel Video
Hong Kong, 2013

This work re-engineered a shoot-out game titled Call of Duty: Black Ops (a video game that was released in 2010) that has the Cold War era as a background story. The artist cut off a scene of the video game narration, just taking the atmosphere of a home and a yard. The artist manipulates the scene: not presenting a shootout at all. The silence that is highlighted by the work of this video pierced even deeper into our memory of anxiety about the impact of global socio-political conflict. War, in certain circumstances, is no more frightening than the waiting interval of a final decision: how is the form of our designated future?
In fact, the anxiety welled in symbolic images, such as a video game war, and present as a characteristic of contemporary culture in an era of media society.

With The Plastic Garden, the artist stimulates the senses of our understanding about the future, about the nightmare of mass destruction in the future, in order to redefine the tragic essence of modern socio-political reality.

IP Yuk-Yiu
IP Yuk Yiu is an artist, art educator and independent curator. His works have been shown extensively at international festivals including European Media Art Festival, VideoBrasil, Transmediale and ISEA. Currently he is an Associate Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.