Gazing

Gazing | Zhongkai Li

In Li Zhongkai’s Gazing, an interactive five channel video positions viewers in a world where “the gaze” asserts authority. In his schematic, Zhongkai introduces the philosophical backbone of his work, identifying with theorists like Michael Foucault and Jean-Paul Sartre. After introducing themes from cartesian dualism to feminist film theory, Zhongkai…

The interactive video element of gazing

Response to Gazing | Alexis Angelus

In Gazing (2019) Zhongkai Li explores voyeurism and authority. Li confronts the viewer with their own image projected upon a simple black screen; at once, the interpreted becomes interactive. With a user’s enabled webcam, Li plants their face into a revolving video channel with five other strangers. By moving the…