During a two-month research residency in Wuhan (CN), Belgian/Italian artists Heremans & Dainotti immersed themselves in the realms of contemporary Chinese sci-fi, literature, history, and politics. Within this exploration, they reencountered a childhood game, called Telephone Game or Chinese Whispers, in which a line of children conveys a message, resulting in a playfully non-competitive and intimate miscommunication.
While playing this particular game, it creates an enclosed sonic space between the participants, bringing together notions of privacy, intimacy, resistance and trust.
In contemporary Chinese society, the younger generations embrace an act of whispering, navigating between authentic identities and the creation of personas and avatars. Whispering becomes an act of resistance and, simultaneously, the creation of "other" and virtual spaces. This transformation into a symbolic form of communication exists at the intersection of language and silence.
The artwork captures a delicate whispering that becomes the possibility/virtuality of a space, inviting viewers to take part in the game and reflect on the potential for creating a safe space between virtual and real.
Emanuele Dainotti (b. 1987 in Milano, Italy). Lives and works between Antwerp, Belgium and Milano, Italy) is a visual artist and filmmaker.Dainotti's research focuses on the normalization of violence and reactions to shocking events.He challenges himself to create impossible but plausible visual and narrative structures through video, installations and photography exploring themes such as fear, death, loop, time, and finitude.
Roel Heremans (b. 1990 in Brussels, Belgium) is a media artist and writer working between Stockholm and Brussels. Recent exhibitions include: Art Dubai (UAE), Muzeul National al Literaturii Române (România), Siemens Sanat Gallery Istanbul (Turkey) and Ars Electronica Festival (Austria).