Academy Tianjin

John Armstrong and Paul Collins

2012, 52:00 minutes, colour, Silent


Academy Tianjin (2012) is a silent, 52-minute video that documents a visit to the seemingly abandoned Tianjin Academy of Fine Art, China. The video is shot with a camera mounted on a Steadicam to produce an ethereal and disquieting view of the empty halls and studios. Littering the scene are abandoned paintings and drawings made in the tradition of Western figurative art.

The video has been masked out to illuminate intersecting lines painted in two colours on the projection wall. The lines, based on an ink-on-paper painting, obstruct our view of the proceedings, and serve at once to mediate and complicate our visit.

The installation includes a Mac Mini with Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

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