12.04.17 by Jeff

Howie Tsui’s 25-Metre Long Scroll-Like Video Installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Howie Tsui
Retainers of Anarchy, 2017
key frame drawing for algorithmic animation sequence
Courtesy of the Artist

 

Artist Howie Tsui’s “Retainers of Anarchy” is a 25-metre long 5-channel video installation inspired by traditional Chinese martial arts literature known as wuxia, which was placed under heavy censorship by the People’s Republic of China who were afraid of inciting anti-government sentiment. Despite this wuxia became one of the most popular genres of Chinese fiction.

Tsui spent three years creating the deeply personal work, now on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery until May 28th. Have a look at the video clip below as well as a few more images to get a sense of the immense scale of the artwork.

 

algorithmic animation sequence
5-channel video projection, 6-channel audio
Vancouver Art Gallery
2017

 

Howie Tsui
Retainers of Anarchy, 2017
key frame drawing for algorithmic animation sequence
Courtesy of the Artist
Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

 

Howie Tsui
Retainers of Anarchy, 2017
key frame drawing for algorithmic animation sequence
Courtesy of the Artist
Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

 

Howie Tsui
Retainers of Anarchy, 2017
key frame drawing for algorithmic animation sequence
Courtesy of the Artist

 

Howie Tsui
Retainers of Anarchy, 2017
key frame drawing for algorithmic animation sequence
Courtesy of the Artist

 

Howie Tsui
Retainers of Anarchy, 2017
key frame drawing for algorithmic animation sequence
Courtesy of the Artist
Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

 

Howie Tsui
Retainers of Anarchy, 2017
key frame drawing for algorithmic animation sequence
Courtesy of the Artist
Photo: Maegan Hill-Carroll, Vancouver Art Gallery

 

 

Howie Tsui’s Website

Vancouver Art Gallery “Retainers of Anarchy” Exhibition Page

 

 

 













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • Ryley Bryanton

    I saw this in Vancouver. Incredible work. I could have sat there and watched his animated piece all day.

    • glad you got to experience it in person!!





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