Chewing Gum Paper, 2011
Single channel video
Color, sound, 3’10”
Courtesy of Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai
Chewing gum paper (2011). ‘Silver paper balls are scattered on the surface of a drum. Jumping and moving along the fragmented record of Martin Luther King’s speech “I Have A Dream”, they seem to form a strange and lonely galaxy.’ (Cheng Ran)
The little silver balls tremble rhythmically, almost inducing a sense of alert and alarm enhanced by the sampling of “I have a dream” and the background sound of the crowds. This combination activates a new meaning that goes beyond the mythology implied in Martin Luther King’s voice and (in this case unseen) image.