The Residence

(a wager for the afterlife) – video installation


The video installation The Residence (a wager for the afterlife) (2012) offers a glimpse into the lives of the poster boys of post-fordism – creative entrepreneurs. The different video projections in the installation tell of an investor named Hilar who commissioned a Chinese architect, Ma Wen, to design a house for his afterlife. The installation also incorporates a design for an algorithm linked to the currency market that in turn generates a never ending edit of the Hilar footage. While Ma Wen regards art as an index to explore the unknown, he paradoxically considers economy as the single measure of everything, opening uncomfortable questions about the status of creativity. Among sumptuous footage of the designed interiors, the story is a Faustian tale that is allegorical of the balancing act that is life in the creative class.

(Nav Haq, Art review, issue 57, March 2012)


The Residence (a wager for the afterlife) 2012
Installation: 2 HD projectors, 2 free-hanging screens, 2 LCD screens,
sound installation, life feed with currency markets, furniture piece 'Modular',
pre-publication In-Residence Magazine
Films: format: HDV / Language: Chinese, English / Subtitles English, Chinese
Image: color / Ratio: 16:9 / Sound: stereo
Credits Films: see The residence (a wager for the afterlife) – single screen

A project by Vermeir & Heiremans in collaboration with Ma Wen, Justin Bennett, Amir Borenstein, Mieja Hollevoet, Salome Schmuki, Karlijn Sileghem, Wim van der Grijn, Carly Wijs.
Photos: Kristien Daem.
Production: Limited Editions.
Support: Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and the Flemish Community.
Coproduction: Argos (Brussels), C-Mine (Genk), Cultuurcentrum (Bruges),
deBuren (Brussels), Extra City (Antwerp), FLACC (Genk),
Manifesta 9 Limburg (Genk) and Triodos Fonds.
Research support: artist residencies in China CEAC (Xiamen), TIM (Beijing).
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