The Spectacles Before Us Were Indeed Sublime depicts a fictional voyage on a cruise ship called E. Using the cruise ship as a speculative vantage point for reimagining the colonial past in the shared present, the project looks at the cultural implications of maritime voyage as not only the starting point of modern global colonialism, but of segregated diaspora and migration more broadly.
Coda is the first chapter of The Spectacles Before Us Were Indeed Sublime, the beginning of a first-person narrative. The first channel shows the front deck where the ship flag is located, announcing the various possible destinations -- shuffling through words with connotations related to maritime travel. The second channel is the rear view of a moving ship. It depicts undulating water wakes, boundless ocean and sky. Navigating the uncharted waters simulated by virtual time-space, the ship constitutes a perpetual attempt to leave the past and the nostalgic once-familiar behind.
Commissioned by Trinity Square Video for its 2018 Annual Themed Exhibition