Illogical Innocence (2019-2020)
Performance, video, zine, mix-media installation, novel
Illogical Innocence is a performative project about an autobiographical avatar of myself, which is composed by on-site and online performances, a tutorial video to be the avatar, a novel, as well as other supporting visual materials generated by DeepFake or taken by me.
Living in Asia and immersing in the kawaii culture for years, the idol culture for me, has been a taken-for-granted existence. In this love-and-hate relationship, I was a fan, an idol wannabe, and a researcher at the same time. As I relocated to the United States, I found that all my life experiences within this Asian-specific industry were no longer transferable.Thus I created a persona who is a former idol, and made a series of materials including her Instagram account, music videos, daily snapshots on backstage. I use this persona to talk to random people on Tinder and compulsively throw questions about idol groups according to designated pattens, trying to provoke the potential understanding or pre-existing framework of Asian girls.
I further archived the messages on Tinder and turned the FAQs as a tutorial titled How to be a Former Idol, to provide similar experience to the viewers.
* Illogical Innocence (2020) is a collaborative project on SpeakAIR during residency.
* Music video and fancam by request.