Reiteration of The End is Near, Here first created in 2016 for Emirates Fine Arts Society Annual Showcase at Sharjah Art Museum.
The End is Near, Here (2018) is a video piece with dual channel audio in English and Chinese. The piece was originally created for the Emriates Fine Arts Society Annual Showcase with the theme of apocalypse.
The narrative of the video goes through the thoughts and feelings one would encounter when facing at the end of life. It is written on the perspective of a person left excluded from the safe haven of Noah’s ark and facing the apocalyptic doom of the world. The first part of the video shows the destruction and chaos the world, symbolized by the spread of the red coloring in a clear bowl of water, and the realization of fear growing more and more intense and heart beating louder and faster. The visual of the second half of the video is rewind of the first video, which symbolizes going back to the status quo of the world before the existence of everything. The video is paradoxical in the way that the end is shown as a return to the beginning but in fact, with the apocalyptic end of life, one can never return to the beginning of life. The return to the beginning is symbolic to the lament of one wishing that life would start all over again. The narration of the second half of the video shows that despite all the suffocating fear, one would feel a sudden moment of calm right before the imminent end.
This iteration was presented at Art Education Expo, Shanghai Expo Center, Shanghai, China, April 16-18, 2018 and at Shenzen Design Week, Shenzen, China, April 27 - 28, 2018.
Voice by Jingyi Sun & Adley Kim and translation from English to Chinese by Jingyi Sun.
Script of the narrative:
The end is near
The end is here
It’s spreading slowly but surely
它 在慢 而坚定地 蔓延
Fear is spreading slowly but surely
恐惧 在慢 而坚定地 蔓延
I can hear my heart beat
我 可以听到 我的心跳 声
rhythmically, rhythmically, rhythmically
有节奏地 有节奏地 有节奏地
Getting faster and faster
变得越来 越 快
As I grow more and more
Conscious of it
Everything comes to a stop
No sound, no light
My senses are getting
I am at the eye of the storm
Moments before everything breaks apart
The end is near
The end is…