This installation compresses the artist’s memories from two pandemics. During the 2020 lockdown, Fung revisited her online diaries written as a teenager living through the 2003 SARS-CoV-1 outbreak in Hong Kong. She rediscovered these through the Wayback Machine, a digital archive of the World Wide Web that allows the user to go ‘back in time’ and see how websites looked in the past. These entries are decoded into morse code scripts and burnt onto 14 goat skins. The scripts were also converted into an immersive morse code audio track that accompanies the goat skin sculptures. A series of 14 instagram posts are also part of the work. These were published over the first two weeks of October 2020, reflecting her experience the ‘new normal’ of Covid-19 lockdowns with the 14 posts reflecting the mandatory period of isolation at that time.
The work was created and first shown as part of the Art Arcadia residency programme, based at St Augustine’s Old Schoolhouse, Derry. The goat skins are displayed in timber skeletons of tombstones, translated from a section in St Augustine’s graveyard.
|Medium||Pyrography on goat hide, markings on timber, masking tape, jute string, audio, Instagram posts|
|Credit Line||IMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021, 2021|
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