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Undercurrent

In this age of the Internet where information is quickly transmitted and exchanged, many topics can explode across the globe, affecting people's perceptions in a wide scale. In 2018, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg sparked heated discussions on social media with a photo of her sitting alone in front of the Swedish parliament building to strike for attention of climate change. When climate issues are concerned and discussed at a wider international level, their essence will inevitably be influenced by forces from all walks of life. 

 

Undercurrent's inspiration comes from the sound of roaring water beneath the manhole cover. In this complex information society, the interaction between things is often invisible, and what we hear every day is just as if the sounds coming from manhole covers. Kaixiang took Greta as a buoy to scrutinize the news stories and social events about her since she became famous in 2018, as well as collecting sounds in his daily life in the meantime. He tries to connect those voices together to construct the undercurrent behind climate change happened in a person's life in chronological, multi-angled way. 8 sound tracks composed a kind of messy effect. Behind the disorderly and chaotic voice lies the relevance to be discovered by the audience.

Research
The artist took four months to collect information relates to climate change and Greta Thunberg in multiple disciplines, including environmental science, economy, politics, psychology and sociology. He uses the form of mind map to connect the relevant points and also as the demonstration of his thinking process.
Process
Designs of the manhole covers
Sound recording 
Original layout
Gallery
This work is originally designed to be placed in a room for audiences to have an immersive experience of the sound installation.