A Reflection on the Mahjong Table
What is the relationship between possessions and identity? What is the symbolic meaning of Mahjong, a traditional Chinese board game? How can cross-culture conversations can be conducted on a Mahjong table? “A Reflection on the Mahjong Table” investigates how people’s culturally-influenced possessions serve as coping mechanisms that help people anchor and navigate their national identities. This interactive installation, featuring a set of re-designed Mahjong tiles inspired by Chinese and American cultural products, invites people to participate in the piece and play Mahjong with strangers. I intend to use this project to provide an immersive experience contributing to audiences’ and players’ reflections on globalization, diversity and culture hybridity.
On view at Stamps Gallery
This work is featured as part of Adapt: The 2019 Stamps Senior Show, unfolding during the month of April in four exhibition sites throughout the city of Ann Arbor: the Michigan Theater, Duderstadt Video Studio, the Art & Architecture Building, and Stamps Gallery. Each space will host key exhibition events including film/video screenings, live performances, and opening receptions. Check the exhibition page for dates, times and hours.