Created by Sydney-based experience designer Edison Chen and his team, Kin is a superscale sculpture in the form of a bust of a human figure, riven with...
Edison Chen (Australia) / Forough Najarbehbahani (Iran)
Nancy Hua (Australia) / Tsz Kin Liu (Australia) / Ricky Qu (Australia) / Jason Chu (Australia) / Enrico Urbina (Philippines) / Jeremy Low (Malaysia) / Yunzhen Zhang (Australia) / Jonathan Hribar (Australia) / Matt Cabanag (Australia) / Hanyuan Li (Australia) / Andrea Pulikottil (Australia) / Louise Zhou (Australia) / Marie Montgomery (Australia) / Muwahid Ahmed (Australia) / Olivia Chen (Australia) / Tuyet Nguyen (Australia) / Christopher Ho (Australia) / Kaveh Tabar (Iran) / Trung Vo Quoc (Australia)
Created by Sydney-based experience designer Edison Chen and his team, Kin is a superscale sculpture in the form of a bust of a human figure, riven with cracks of light. Even though its head looks up to the sky, visitors will recognise an expression of contemplation.
Its silent statement, asks what it takes to recover from the bushfires and climate catastrophes, Covid19 and civil rights abuses of 2020 and how to prevent future occurrences. The Artist takes inspiration from the Japanese art of kintsugi, in which gold, silver or platinum is used to repair broken pottery. The Artist's philosophy is to accept breakage as a beautiful part of life and to embrace life's imperfections.
Kin plays with the idea of applying kintsugi to our bruised and battered human spirit. Cleverly, the name Kin refers to both the word gold in Japanese, and the English word, kin, for humankind. Kin encourages us to recognise our collective trauma and find a creative, constructive means to move forward. As we reflect on ourselves, the artwork and the world, we make space to grow, heal and even evolve for the better. The sculpture also sends a powerful message to individuals that no one is alone in their struggle or pain. Kin uses light as a medium to connect you with fellow festival-goers and your surroundings. As golden light travels through the cracks, the brightness, hue and speed of subtle rhythmic patterns are determined by the nearby audio activity. These animations concentrate our awareness of self with our environment. Ultimately, Kin connects us through empathy, resilience and hope.
A sound piece accompanies ‘Kin’ and serves as an invitation for the audience to listen and reflect while viewing the sculpture. Composed by Rites of Indigo (Mary Hoang and Phondupe), ‘The Golden Future’ is part of a sound experience that accompanies Mary Hoang’s book ‘Darkness is Golden’. Mary Hoang’s interest as a psychologist is to explore the cross section of music and psychology. ‘The Golden Future’ is carefully composed to guide the listener towards a hopeful mindset and serves as the atmosphere and emotional primer for ‘Kin’. The lights within the gold cracks dance inspiredly with the music and are animated in accordance to the audio track.