"The Mob" is a dynamic and interactive installation that utilizes mechanical structures, optical sensors and audible components.
When the audience moves the "enter" button, many of the mouths on the wall will begin to chatter.The words and sentences coming out of these mouths are uncomfortable but very commonly heard in our daily lives, which are either gossipy, irritating, dismissive, arrogant, aloof, imprudent, flattery, or ruthless... Particularly in the era of internet, it is easy for people to publish impetuous ideas. However, many people have never considered, or cared, how their statements would impact the people involved. “The Mob” is primarily a form of experience: Our participation leads to the chattering of these uncomfortable words and statements, and these words and statements instantly ran into our ears.
Because of our participation, we not only become one of “the Mob” that spits out unthoughtful statements, but also become the victim of the irrationality of “the Mob”. Such arrangement not only completes this work itself as a art piece, but also reflect the fact that in real life, every one of us can be either the initiator or accomplice of such verbal or language violence or even “murder”, and in a direct or indirect way, we can be the ultimate victim of such verbal violence.
This work is not trying to be a sermon, but rather based on real-life experience of verbal violence that besieged the artist. Therefore, this work is trying to present a state of being "besieged" so that everyone can have a similar experience of struggling. These mouths on this installation are not referencing to any particular person. They are based on physiognomy, which summarized the characteristics of facial features, bones and muscles, to depict people with a certain character.
“The Mob" will be a long-term project.