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Lip Sync

, 2014

Single-channel video installation (HD video with sound, 3’25”, loop)

Single-channel video installation (HD video with sound, 3’25”, loop)

While reading text fragments in Chinese and German, a camera captured Hui Ye lips movements. Moscow based artists, Ana Kovrigina and Serge Prokofiev provided audio recordings of these silent videos in which they attempt to speak synchronously to the lip movements in languages they are familiar with, like Russian or English.

By following the same concept, both Russian artists have created a silent video of their lip movements while speaking. In turn, these portraits have been overdubbed by Hui Ye via synchronous speaking in Chinese and German.

The original meaning of each original speech remains unknown for all three artists.

Due to a precise concept of exchanging and reinterpreting sound and images in the act of speaking, lip-synch examines and deconstructs the fundamental function of language. While removing the original auditive/linguistic information, the “spoken” images have become a visual notation for performances in which words become a senseless audiovisual expression.

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