About Sea TV
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Sea TV is a video work developed by Jun Wang and Bonnie Wong for PLAN8T, an art space in Changsha, China.
Having grown up in different coastal cities, ‘the sea’ has been a deeply rooted natural element in the formation of both of our self-consciousness. When we left the comfort of our cities and began new lives in a foreign cultural environment, we could not help but notice ‘the relevance to the sea’ has already become an inseparable part of our self-identity. Through this challenging yet enriching meditative process, we realised that ‘the sea’ is a collective memory to some, as much as it belongs totally to the personal; its symbolic presence transcends scales and bodies.
This series of work began when Jun first discovered that the tide times by the Thames are exactly opposite of that in Qingdao. The sighting of the Thames’ water level has ever since then prompted an immediately imagined sighting of ‘the sea’ from her Qingdao home. The imagery of the sea truly transcends time and space, creating a ‘shared moment’ in our subconsciousness, as an emotional vessel that connects while also break through geographical boundaries, an ever-changing state of being.
As such we ask, ‘what is the sea like?’
We created this work - Sea Tv for PLAN8T's Digital Humanity online residency and exhibition, the works are exhibited in the form of a website with a virtual analogue network satellite TV, with 5 channels in the initial stage. For more info about the residency, please visit https://www.plan8tair.com/
About Jun and Bonnie
Jun and Bonnie are a UK-based artist duo who have been working together since 2018.
A Qingdao-native, Jun Wang has lived in Edmonton, Canada and London, UK for the past decade. After obtaining a degree in Industrial Design she further explored printmaking by pursuing a Master’s degree at the Royal College of Art (UK). Jun’s work looks into how we measure time through investigating its relation to nature, the universe and memory. She is fascinated by the most easily overlooked, ubiquitous elements that quietly coexist with us and centres her work around these instinctive moments of the every day.
Bonnie Wong is from Hong Kong and works professionally as an illustrator. She completed her Master’s degree in Print at the Royal College of Art (UK). Bonnie works extensively with two-dimensional media, including prints, photography, and books and uses them to create installations. She makes work by examining and recontextualising found materials. Her work is both socio-political commentary as much as poetic meditation on identity and migration.
Jun and Bonnie's research focuses on the relationship between nature, personal history and languages. Their work encompasses materials including slides, old photos, dictionaries, maps of foreign places and archival documents. There is a strong emphasis on the process of relocation and how it generates interpreted memories and unfamiliarity.