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Reshaping Pinball
2000
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Hsu Hui-Ching
Reshaping Pinball
2000
mixed media
200×70×30cm
Reshaping Pinball
2000
mixed media
200×70×30cm
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The work is represented as an interactive game for viewers. The main structure is a “pinball machine,” while the background of its base is images of bodies. Nails are fixed on it following the body curves to structure the tracks for marbles to roll down. The three tracks are “ideal figure,” “present form,” and “the body which becomes fat.” The art-making process to nail on the images of different bodies is like an ancient witchcraft, through which I curse my fatness that I will never look like an overweight pig. It is also like acupuncture, inserting needles into the bodies in the images to increase metabolism and burn more fat.

As it is exhibited, viewers can interact with the work by playing pinball. Players expect marbles to roll down the tracks which win them points, and their expectation symbolizes the psychological desire for an “ideal figure.” Unfortunately, when marbles are ejected from the starting point, we no longer have our control on where they should go. We can only hope. We hope it move a little bit to the right, but nails block its way and switch its direction into the losing tracks until it reaches the hopeless end. Frustration, anger, satisfaction, happiness – the out-of-control pinball brings us disappointment, and it is exactly how I feel about the battle against fat.

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20 artworks / 35 exhibition
Installation Art , Video Art
Born in Tainan in 1978, Hsu Hui-Ching graduated from the Department of Fine Arts at Taipei National University of the Arts with an MFA. Her artistic exploration is often based on herself, while artmaking becomes a form of self-exploration featuri ...
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Hsu Hui-Ching, 1999, Installation Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2013, Video Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2004, Video Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2010, Video Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2000, Installation Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2001, Installation Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2012, Video Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2010, Video Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2010, Video Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2003, Video Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2010, Video Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2005, Installation Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2005, Video Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2012, Video Art
Hsu Hui-Ching, 2007, Installation Art