3-D animated short
Anticipated finish date: June 2021.
In Lizardians, the lives of a young woman and a young man are intertwined and forever changed by their work at a regenerative human limb corporation. The three screens each portray the body part producer (young woman), the body part user (young man) and the corporation.
The young woman endures pain to regenerate her limbs in order to make ends meet, while the young man uses his job as the handler of defective limbs in the corporation to become an art superstar. Their synchronous yet contrasting lives unfold separately on the left and right screens until the three screens merge and they meet in a gallery exhibition of his sculpture work.
The story is about people having to sell their bodies and souls in order to survive in the modern society. Especially, the project is critical towards the commercialization of young women’s bodies and the lack of control women have over the use of their own bodies/images. The story is inspired by my research on the lives of young women workers in the electronic parts industry in China and semi-conductor industry in South Korea. My personal experiences of being a young woman artist in three different countries (South Korea, Germany and USA) are reflected in the story as well.
The 3-D animation will become a three synchronous video installation. By presenting the three screens side by side, the viewers witness the interconnectedness of these three realities and how they have influence over one another.