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Testing Outside of Building 50

MovIng around the CBD

Conversation with passers 

The series “where we belong” documents large wild animals around the world appear in the Urban area. Though I chose the large animals as my subjects, my interest lies not in any specific species, but rather in exploring the problems of that human activities encroach on animal habitats. Through investigation, scientists confirm their assumption that species would shift range as climate conditions shift. and "A tally of more than 4,000 species from around the world shows that roughly half are on the move” (Welch 2017). Australia also suffered from serious decline in species, and recent years, many news reports that large animals come to the suburban areas.


To reconstruct this scene, I used photoshop to merge the photos of wild animals and city road I took before. creating a virtual reality with an atmospheric series of black and white images titled “where we belong?” These images generate a sense of loneliness and tragedy.


Firstly I tested and projected them onto the opposite wall of the building 50.  People passed by and stop to look at and take photos, I heard that they were talking about what is it? “Is it a new painting on the street?” “Oh, no, It is a projection.” “I like animals and this kind of work, sometimes I don’t like some colourful graffiti.” We had some conversations and only two pedestrians discussed the topic of animals situation and environment. However, when I told them about the title of my work, more people realise my intention.


Then I walked around the Melbourne city and projected this work by a  portable projector as Melbourne City is the development centre of economy, politics, and culture which stand on the opposite of the environment development. During the walking, many people were attracted by my behaviour and these images and some of them communicate with me. 


This way is an effective way to draw public concerns and achieve some interaction with the audience. Also, the visual elements help the viewers perceive and receive some information from the work. However, not all of them were engaged in the topic behind the images and response to it. Therefore, I try to explore how to enhance the perception and engagement in my work. I researched ‘Affect' and ‘Apocalypse' and then recreated my work into A True Lie

Passer A: Look, there is a new graffitis on the well.

Passer B: Oh, no, it is a projection. Is it your work?

Sherry: Yes.

B: I like it, but I think it will be better if it is a painting on the street.


A: But I feel that the orangutan is looking at me, he is lonely.

S: Yes, Nowadays most animals lost their habitat. Have you ever seen large animals in the city?

A: No, I haven’t. But I have seen animals in the countryside.

S: Me too, but actually, human activities damaged their habitats. They need nature space for living.

B: Yeah, I know. In the past, parrots often flew into my balcony but now It hard to find them. 

S: So, my work is related to these problems, to reflect some environmental issues.

A & B: Good luck to you, I like your picture.

Passer D: Are you watching Tv on the street?

Oh, what's this?

S: It is a test for projection work.

D: Cool, Why they in black and white?

S: Because they are in danger of extinction.

Many reasons, climate change, food, habitat.....

D: How about kangaroos? There are many...

S: But climate change and the environmental issue also will impact them. push them into urban areas.

How do you think about the weather in Melbourne?

D: It is well known for its changeable weather conditions.

S: Yep, I think the condition becomes worse than before. recently many extreme events.


D: Well, as you say, Climate change. So cold today. 

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