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James T. Hong: Animal

IKON Gallery, Oozells Square, BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands, B1 2HS
James T Hong, De Anima (video still), 2021, 2-channel video installation, colour, sound, 19:26 minutes © Courtesy the artist and Empty Gallery, Hong K

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This exhibition presents two films by Hong which feature animals. The Duck of Nature/The Duck of God (2010) was originally made as an educational video for Dutch schoolchildren, and imagines the 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza as a mechanical duck, who is snubbed by other birds on the canals of Amsterdam. The scenario reflects Spinoza's own experience, who was excommunicated by the Jewish community for his humanist beliefs.

The second film, De Anima (2021), is a two-channel video installation. The first channel, filmed in Taiwan, presents three points of view: the artist's, that of the "enemy" virus (Covid-19), and a dog's. The second channel, shot in India at the historical location where the Buddha gained enlightenment, reinterprets the first channel and represents the artist's search for insight during the pandemic. In both elements, animals provide this insight with witty observations about human behaviour.

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3 Dec 2021 - 13 Feb 2022
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