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September 1, 2008

Balance #1

Dawei Xu's video felt very sad. Imagery and symbolism of caged a chicken; details of fencing and barbed wire along with bleak winter scenes gave me a feeling of hopelessness. Even the sound of a bird’s wing, which usually means freedom, sounded heavy, sloppy, and grounded to the earth. The blue sky seemed weighted and stormy.

The containers of images within the screen, their size, shape and camera pan changed throughout the video, propelling the story. The graceful transitions between video box shapes and their placement on the screen were fluid and beautifully edited. This video reminds of watching a dance performance where each dancer has a different role moving across the stage, yet in Xu’s video, the performers are the boxes of images along with the carefully placed empty space surrounding them.