Moving image 3D Animation, Interactive Systems, Computers, Projectors, Stereo System
This interactive video installation is a continuation of the advanced version of Pey-Chwen Lin’s ‘Revelation of Eve Clone’ series of works. The title, ‘Great Image of Eve Clone’ satirizes the desire of human beings to play the role of God by developing and utilizing cloning technology to create an ideal Eve. To illustrate this particular human ambition in the work, Lin quotes ‘Great Image’ from the ‘Book of Daniel’ as well as the ‘666 Mark of the Beast’ from the ‘Book of Revelation’. (In the ‘Book of Daniel’ 2:28-33, it is written that this big image is actually the symbol of the human kingdom challenging God, while in the ‘Book of Revelation’ 13:15-18, it is written that the beast refers to Satan, and its mark is 666.) Lin uses both to criticize the technology created by humans, who are now largely controlled by technology, and are becoming slaves of technology by worshipping the same. This work is intended to reflect on the relationship between humans and technological civilization.
Lin created this big image of a woman with 3D animation, and made a three-dimensional golden head by 3D printing. The form of this big image was inspired by the large statue seen by King Nebuchadnezzar in the Bible. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. (Daniel 2:31-33) Furthermore, both the head and right hand of this large image display the "666 Mark of the Beast". (Revelation13:15-18)
The process of cloning this big image was from its 360 degrees rotation inside the water of the test tube to the cloning of another exact copy of this big image in the projection installation. To illustrate the artificial life properties of this big image, one by one its color will turn from black and white to color while viewers stand in the front of the installation, while the timing in the positioning of its head will be synchronized to increase. This symbolizes how the fake life form of ‘Eve Clone’ exists and lives simultaneously alongside humans.
In addition, when viewers touch the ‘666 Mark of Beast’ of the golden head, the image will raise its head proudly and start to dance. Selected scriptures in six dominant languages from the ‘Book of Daniel’ and the ‘Book of Revelation’ appear randomly on the bottom of its feet, to reinforce Eve Clone's evil yet powerful identity. Background music, like a Hymn, signifies that this beautiful image is actually a false form of life and a fake sacred idol.