Yarli Allison - Work

木-目,目-人
Wood-Eye, Eye-Human

Interactive Performance, steel, leather, wood, two projected videos
Length from 5 - 15 mins
2016














Words exist as symbols.
If words are a form of abstraction, and meanings are given based on gradual evolution,
can symbols be interpreted by one’s own association in today’s world?

Wood-Eye, Eye-Human is an interactive performance based on the original meaning of the symbols in the Chinese term 「相見」.
Symbols are open to any potential interpretations.



「相見」
“meeting/seeing each other”
often used as an expression of “knowing / feeling one another”


In languages derived from Ancient Chinese (Oracle bone script), components of「相見」
appear pictographic as the combination of「木+目+目+人」(Wood + Eye + Eye + Human).
When an eye and a wood (tree) come together (木+目), “interaction / mutuality” forms the character「相」.
In a similar graphical sense, the character「見」
is combined with an eye (目) sitting on top of the human (人) with legs kneeling down forms “seeing / meeting”.












Audiences are invited to participate in the performance
by positioning pieces of wood onto the metal rod with the aim of aligning the two eyes consistently for 5-15 minutes.







* Special Thanks to
Assistant - Ismene King 
Filming - Eom Jeongwon, Giota Papakyriakou, Kyung Heo, Seung Hee Lee 
With the eye of Carla Adra (Eye video length 10 mins)


* Wood-Eye, Eye-Human performance history:
2016 Platform 1, Bloomsbury Theatre, London
2016 Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL, London




Yarli Allison - Work YARLI ALLISON (b.88) is a Hong Kong-Canadian born, London-based artist with a multidisciplinary approach that traverses sculpture, performance, digital, film, drawing and installation.