Julia Stoschek Collection

From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances

2018 / video / loop/ colour / surround sound

The New York-based studio WangShui explores processes of both personal and social transformation with the aid of hallucinatory spaces. In “From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances” (2018) a dragon becomes a shapeshifter and a symbol of collective mythologies.

The facade of a grey-blueish skyscraper. Through an open space in the middle you can see the ocean.

WangShui, From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances, 2018. Video, 13', colour, surround sound, loop

Courtesy of the artist. On loan from the JULIA STOSCHEK FOUNDATION, Berlin/Düsseldorf

  • 13 min

WangShui uses the material nature of moving images to destabilise the hegemony of knowledge production. Starting from subjective conjectures and experiences, living subjects and remnants of everyday life are integrated, surrounding architecture is captured and redesigned. This also happens in “From Its Mouth Came a River of High-End Residential Appliances”. For the video WangShui hired a drone pilot to record architectural interventions in residential buildings in the Bel-Air district of Hong Kong. In keeping with the principles of feng shui each of these luxury apartment blocks contains a hollow space in the centre of the building, to allow the dragon to reach the river and drink. With these holes, WangShui notes, mythology and aesthetic opinions take precedence over profitability – in an area where apartments change hands for prices of up to $ 200.000 per square metre. The slow-moving footage from the drone is accompanied by the words of a narrative voice that introduces its own fluctuating subjectivity, while the figure of the dragon Shen turns into a shapeshifter, the drone, and the artist him/herself.