Omer Fast, The Invisible Hand, 2018

Omer Fast, The Invisible Hand, 2018

Exhibition view, Omer Fast - The Invisible Hand, Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2018

VR-3D, color, sound
Duration 12’30’’
Edition 6 (+ 2 A.P.)

Video 2D, color, sound
Duration 12’30’’
Edition 6 (+ 2 A.P.)

Originated from a Jewish medieval fairy-tale, the story itinerates into a contemporary urban fable narrated by an 8-year old Chinese girl, where the invisible hand of a ghost granted the family’s material prosperity but eventually caused an ethical and social breakdown. The little girl is both witness and heiress to a massive change her family went through as a result of the intervention of outside forces. Her father had freed a ghost from captivity while he was a child.The ghost rewards his family with unexpected riches, but demands the son’s hand when he’s grown up and is about to get married. The family rudely refuses the ghost and is promptly punished: they become prosperous but must compromise something essential to their identities in the process. The results are both tragic and comic.
The script is inspired by the artist’s visit to the Times Museum and its neighborhood in 2017, and metaphorically registers paradoxes of prosperity and loss, truth and lies, freedom and control. Facilitated by virtual reality technology, audiences are drawn into the situation to witness the tragic-comic development of the protagonist’s life and the massive socio- economic changes in China. With the artist’s reconfiguration of audiovisual materials, the fragmented, illusional and seductive nature of our mediated world is faced.
Commissioned by The Times Museum, Guangzhou.

Omer Fast, The Invisible Hand, 2018

Video still of VR-3D video with English subtitles

VR-3D, color, sound
Duration 12’30’’
Edition 6 (+ 2 A.P.)

Video 2D, color, sound
Duration 12’30’’
Edition 6 (+ 2 A.P.)

Originated from a Jewish medieval fairy-tale, the story itinerates into a contemporary urban fable narrated by an 8-year old Chinese girl, where the invisible hand of a ghost granted the family’s material prosperity but eventually caused an ethical and social breakdown. The little girl is both witness and heiress to a massive change her family went through as a result of the intervention of outside forces. Her father had freed a ghost from captivity while he was a child.The ghost rewards his family with unexpected riches, but demands the son’s hand when he’s grown up and is about to get married. The family rudely refuses the ghost and is promptly punished: they become prosperous but must compromise something essential to their identities in the process. The results are both tragic and comic.
The script is inspired by the artist’s visit to the Times Museum and its neighborhood in 2017, and metaphorically registers paradoxes of prosperity and loss, truth and lies, freedom and control. Facilitated by virtual reality technology, audiences are drawn into the situation to witness the tragic-comic development of the protagonist’s life and the massive socio- economic changes in China. With the artist’s reconfiguration of audiovisual materials, the fragmented, illusional and seductive nature of our mediated world is faced.
Commissioned by The Times Museum, Guangzhou.

Omer Fast, The Invisible Hand, 2018

VR-3D, color, sound
Duration 12’30’’
Edition 6 (+ 2 A.P.)

Video 2D, color, sound
Duration 12’30’’
Edition 6 (+ 2 A.P.)

Originated from a Jewish medieval fairy-tale, the story itinerates into a contemporary urban fable narrated by an 8-year old Chinese girl, where the invisible hand of a ghost granted the family’s material prosperity but eventually caused an ethical and social breakdown. The little girl is both witness and heiress to a massive change her family went through as a result of the intervention of outside forces. Her father had freed a ghost from captivity while he was a child.The ghost rewards his family with unexpected riches, but demands the son’s hand when he’s grown up and is about to get married. The family rudely refuses the ghost and is promptly punished: they become prosperous but must compromise something essential to their identities in the process. The results are both tragic and comic.
The script is inspired by the artist’s visit to the Times Museum and its neighborhood in 2017, and metaphorically registers paradoxes of prosperity and loss, truth and lies, freedom and control. Facilitated by virtual reality technology, audiences are drawn into the situation to witness the tragic-comic development of the protagonist’s life and the massive socio- economic changes in China. With the artist’s reconfiguration of audiovisual materials, the fragmented, illusional and seductive nature of our mediated world is faced.
Commissioned by The Times Museum, Guangzhou.