The Money Tree Revival Project is a unique blend of Chinese and African American traditions. While modeling an African American Revival church service, the performers sweep the audience up into the revival ritual. They chant and repeat over and over that they can turn hair into money! As the performers make this impossible claim, participants are encouraged to give strands of hair, as much as they can muster to be collected into a basket. After collection, the hair is woven into coins using a Chinese knotting method, and used to adorn a small money tree. A trial run was performed last year around the winter solstice. Future development of the idea includes a performance in the Bazaar art space in Shanghai. An animation was created to be played while the performance is taking place.
The aim is to use our bodies as well as the objects to think of interesting shapes and forms within a limited time frame. I created several light weight cuboid sculptures which were easy to carry and fit to together. I then asked two persons to use the posts to create a sculpture in 15 seconds in a stage. The audience counted to fifteen then we paused for 5 seconds to take a picture. The same couple had another 15 seconds to make another sculpture immediately afterwards. They were about 10 sculptures in all, with 10 pictures documenting their creations. This rather elemental experiment is an attempt to break-down and study the elements of sculpture in relationship to our bodies. Costume has been one of my main topics of focus so understanding form and body is a basic requirement. The first pictures were taken during a recent art group performance, the Period Art Group, at West Lake Hangzhou.
The second set of pictures when taken on campus at Shuren University, near my home.