From an other to the other (fromanothertotheother.com) is a single-page web installation that cumulates a personal history through the instant lens of photography and writing. It consists of fabled theories, far-fetched fallacies, and waves of the primitive impulses behind which I intellectualize as the Performance of Sensational Experience.
The webpage built on the structure of a blog displays one random blog entry everytime the browser is refreshed. The next entry that will be seen is uncertain. It could be repeated, or not. Because of the chronological nature of Blog, each post that showcases a photograph or a piece of writing is time-stamped. Although the time span that between each post is exhibited is almost imperceptible, browsing the webpage is a durational experience. The perception of time in the installation thus adds another dimension of narration to the immobile photographs and writings.
The concept was conceived in 2011. Materials included can be dated back to when I was 14-year-old and are updated on a regular basis. Stretching the timeline into the bigger picture, the webpage documents a non-linear visualization of Punctum as data and is essentially how I perceive, experience and contemplate on life as a concept of temporality through multiple general other to the specific Other. The impermanence that FAOTTO connotes also corroborates what Julian Stallabrass summarizes in Internet Art that “data on the net is in principle eternal and in practice ephemeral.”
Xuan Ye (b.1989, Maelstrom) is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and researcher whose bodyof work synthesizes research-creations of visual & performing arts, and music. X recently completed an MFA degree in Visual Arts from York University and has obtained Master of Arts in Media and Cultural Studies at New York University in 2013. Lauded as “one of Canada’s most exciting voices in textual soma” by OBEY Convention Music & Arts Society, X has had works exhibited and performed internationally, including Trinity Square Video (solo exhibition, CA), the Wrong Biennale (URL), AGYU (CA), Times Museum (CHN), Bronx Art Space (US), Galleri CC (SE), etc. Born and bred in China, X currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
See more of Xuan’s work at http://a.pureapparat.us