Single channel video
Color, sound, 3’34’’
Courtesy of Beijing Commune
The chromatic contrast between red and white comes back in Ma’s recent video Rainbow (2013), articulated around the functional opposition of elements and sensations, bringing awareness on the fact that a thing may often function as activator of its opposite.
Initially we only catch glimpses of disconnected phenomena: young girls dressed in white playing ring-a-ring-o'rose; a row of glasses and a red juice slowly but constantly poured from above. As the video progresses, the relation between the two images becomes clear: moving in circle the girls squeeze the tomatoes underneath the blades of their ice skates; the juice so produced licks into glassed rotating at the same speed and in the same direction as the girls. The contamination of white may be an allusion to an irreparable loss of purity, or more simply the visual ascertainment of a cause-effect chain.