Cuentos Chinos/ Chinese Tales
18 Overhead Projectors, microcontrollers, motors, mixed media, variable dimensions, 2009. (2011)
Cuentos Chinos (Chinese Tales) is an installation inspired by the traditional Chinese Shadow Theatre. In this installation the "actors" are cheap chinese products which were bought in the popular "all for one Euro" stores.
The products are conected with around 110 motors, solenoids, fans etc and distributed over 18 small theaters with 36x40 cm base. These sceneries are standing on top of Overhead projectors so that their moving shadows will be cast to the walls of the space. The visitor will be part of an overall machinery which is composed by these cheap, often funny and pastiche products. The more abstract idea of a globalized economy will be focused to an absurd theatre. The title "Cuentos Chinos", is the spanish word for "tall story" or "whopper" and gives the work a double meaning.
All the photos on this page are taken at the exhibition
"Shadow Dance",KAdE Kunsthal, Amersfoort, Netherlands, 2011.
Some images of preview and opening
Cables, cables, cables...
Ilustration of "shadow dance" by Samuel van Hoogstraten
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