Selected Lumen Prints
Gelatin silver photographic paper and colour photographic paper
Oct 2019 ongoing project
These lumen prints are made from fallen flowers and photo paper with light reinvention. The traces on the photo paper are fading with time passing, because the paper has never been fixed by the chemistry. The process of making lumen prints carves being of the plants into the photo paper, as if the paper is carrying their life to extend their lifespan while the paper itself is becoming alive, but eventually it would fade away as well.
'I tried to fix a lumen once, then a feeling hit me strongly- if you want something to be immortal it would never be the same. '
Impermanent Shadows (Lumen mural)
Screen shots of the livestream
16 : 9
From 14:00 25th Feb to 14:00 26th Feb, 2021
The lumen mural is an idea developed from the original lumen prints. It intended to invite light reinvention to present the whole fading process of the traces to viewers, in real time and face to face. However, to continue the work during the lockdown in London, it was presented by a 24 hours livestream on YouTube through a phone as a webcam in the virtual show context, intending to show the slowness of change, the accumulation of nuances, and the inevitability of decaying. To some extent, light is both the creator and destroyer of the traces. Due to the traces were gradually fading, the encounter between viewers and the lumen mural would be unique every time.
The livestream recording is not available; it just ‘faded’as the traces of the lumen mural did. The picture is the collection of the screen shots received from the people who watched the live. The screen shots can represent the encounters between the viewers and the lumen mural, and can also be the memento of the traces and the live event, as well as a new life born from the lumen mural.
The unveiling performance for the lumen mural
Performance recording, 12' 24''
16 : 9
Performed at 16:00 17th Jun 2021
Open Studios, Camberwell College of Arts
The performance was about removing the plants layer from the wall, placing the plants to the vase, letting them and their traces fade together.
Impermanent Shadows (Lumen mural) , Lexy Liangzi Xiao, 2021, Open Studios, Camberwell College of Arts
Durational image installasion
80 x 140 cm on the wall
Light sensitive emulsion, matthiola incana, alstroemeria, ceramic vase
Impermanent Shadows (Lumen book)
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