Abstraction and Pixilation of “Gennady Golovkin vs Marco Antonio Rubio 18 10 2014”Pei-Shih Tu


HD Four-channel animated video, Looped, Color, Silent






In the moving image history, people are more familiar with life action, which are made in real settings to represent reality. For a long time, realism dominated the development of photography, cinema and video. However, the moving images in the early 19th century were mostly hand-drawn. This type of art later developed as animation, an aspect of the history that has rarely been discussed. Pei-Shih Tu is fascinated by the essence of animation. Since 2007, she has continuously explored the contextual potentiality of animation through the art of stop motion and collage, and reflected on the imaginative quality of animation and implicitly expresses her observation on society and history through exploring and fabricating the relationship between video and narrative.

In the four-channel animation, Abstraction and Pixilation of “Gennady Golovkin vs Marco Antonio Rubio 18 10 2014”, the artist uses stop motion to reproduce a boxing match documentary on YouTube, titled “Gennady Golovkin vs Marco Antonio Rubio 18 10 2014”. First, she restored the video into ten thousands images, which was the frame number of the original video. Then, she printed out these images and photographed them according to the video timeline by several-times optical zoom. The four channels individually display two boxing matches, a post-match champion interview of Golovkin, and a pre-match documentation of the intense atmosphere in the ring. The work explores the boundary of video and the definition of animation, and poses a question: could any video work fit the logic of pixilation, meaning it would be an animation that is visually abstract but made with stop motion? Finally, it’s in the hope of producing more diverse possibilities.


Pei-Shih Tu was born in 1981 in Miaoli, Taiwan. She received her MFA Fine Art degree from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2007, and is now working and living in Miaoli. Using stop-motion animations and collages as techniques, Tu’s work focuses on different possibilities between images and narration, and the relationship between fantasy and reality in modern societies. Also, she is the winner of Taiwan Fellowship Award from Asian Cultural Council, New York in 2009 and the nominee of BACC Award for Contemporary Art in 2012.