the lives of women in China, yesterday and today
My idea is making pairs of images to compare the same and differences between past and present Chinese female's lives. It is not only because I am a Chinese, but also China had a long history. I think it will be interesting to show the past and present life after thousands years till now. Although there's a lot of changes, still some customs stay. The challenge is some culture things are hard to explain by plain images, so I am thinking about add some words to make more sense for the whole pieces.
Alice in Wonderland / 碰瓷儿 / Peng-Ci-er
A borrowing of Alice in Wonderland, to tell story relating to the Peng Ci phenomenon in China ("bump the porcelain"). Continuation from Spring 2016 semester.
I decided to change the form of performance for the story, to use shadow play instead of storyboards or short movies. I did some research for the shadow play, and there are different kinds of shadow puppets based on different culture. The shadow play was originated in China and then spread to other countries, such as French. Unlike Chinese shadow puppets, France’s puppets only have black color that looks like exactly shadow, and don’t have any movable joints. However, I really like the feeling of France shadow play. I think it is simple but delicate, and it is a fun way to perform the story.
30 August 2016
During the whole semester, I am always thinking about how to make my story more logical and easier for people to understand. I took out the character of Dodo because I think he is insignificant in the whole story, and even make the story looks complicated.
This is my update of retelling: Mr. Rabbit found that he was late for Queen’s meeting. Because the Queen is a savage governor, he is afraid of Queen’s censure. So he planning to find someone to be the scapegoat. He tempts Alice to follow him into the rabbit hole and gets to the absurd world. When Alice is looking for Mr. Rabbit, she sees a crowd of onlookers on the street that makes her feel curious. “What are they doing?” She asks herself. So she walks ahead and sees Mr. Rabbit lying on the ground. She feels strange that no one gives a hand to Mr. Rabbit. She tries to help Mr. Rabbit to stand up. When the onlookers see Alice walk to Rabbit, they don’t want to get in troubles, so they all run away. Mr. Rabbit starts to shout that Alice bumped him and broke his leg. Alice feels been fooled and trying to escape from this place. However, people catch her and bring her before the Queen of Hearts. While the Queen is angry with the late Rabbit, she hears the lies from him, thus decides to punish Alice instead. Alice feels ridiculous because she is innocent, she tries to proof herself unguilty. Unfortunately, the onlookers are afraid for Mr. Rabbit, so no one stands out and be the witness. Alice awakes while the Queen is pronouncing that she is guilty, although it is just a dream, still she feels angry about that absurd world.
May 2016 ?
This phenomenon called Peng Ci. If I translate it straight into English, it means bump the porcelain.
This is my retelling: Alice falls into the rabbit hole and gets to an absurd world. She sees a crowd of onlookers on the street that makes her feel curious. So she walks ahead and sees Mr. Rabbit lying on the ground. Mr. Rabbit claims that the Dodo bumped him and broke his leg. Mr. Dodo denies he bumped the rabbit. When the onlookers and Dodo see Alice walk to Rabbit, they all run away. Alice wants to help Mr. Rabbit, but Rabbit starts to shout that Alice bumped him and broke his leg. Then, people catch her and bring her before the Queen of Hearts.
At this time, I want to show this story by taking some photos and adding some illustrations to them. Or maybe, make illustration based on the action of photos. In the photos, I will act the Alice and The Rabbit. Also, I will look for some Chinese news about Peng Ci, and use it to show the connection between Peng Ci in China and my story. The final work might be pictures displayed on the wall showing the correct sequence of the story.