Fine China

Ho Tam

2000, 08:30 minutes, colour, music only


Fine China is a video exploration of China's past and present with a different take on issues within and outside a country of growing influence in the present day. The video transcribes a collection of found and original footage into a display of 22 re-designed porcelains ( fine china ) with banal and iconic (and ironic) images like the panda bears, Jackie Chan, MacDonald's and Mao.   In a way, the video is a search for China's identity in the new millennium.   Revisiting the recent history while also tracing personal and collective memories, Fine China provides an alternative perspective for an aging civilization as it re-invents itself into a possible super power of the future.

The blue and white porcelain design has been quite central and influential to many Eastern and Western cultures. Fine China highlights this simplicity and universality, making it both contemplative and resonant to all viewers.

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