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For the next online screening in the ONE WORK series we present Rae-Yen Song’s film ‘wūûūwūûū’ (2021), which is available to view for the month of July. Rae-Yen Song will join Programme Assistant, Edward Gwyn Jones, for an online discussion on the work on Thursday, 28 July, at 7:30pm. Find more information and to book a place at the discussion here.
A captioned version and audio described version of ‘wūûūwūûū’ are available to view, please click on the tabs above to access each version. Captions by Rae-Yen Song, Collective Text, Bea Webster, Emilia Beatriz and Valery Tough; and Audio Description by Rae-Yen Song, Collective Text, Elaine Lillian Joseph, in conversation with Quiplash.
‘wūûūwūûū’ is a 2D animation, in which digital drawing is combined with pen and fibre-tipped markers on paper, to create a vivid, self-contained realm of interconnected beings and spaces.
‘wūûūwūûū’ offers a mutating, ever-shifting vision of worlds within worlds within worlds. It introduces a cast of obscure, interconnected creatures, who variously consume, inhabit and host each other, in an ongoing, cyclical symbiosis of survival. Bodies do what bodies do: eat and excrete; sing and dance; come and go. Moments of levity and menace combine with elemental forces and unstoppable motions to form a distinctive, disorientating, but somehow harmonious process.
The characters and topographies of ‘wūûūwūûū’ form a bewildering but balanced ecosystem: they end where they begin. They appear alien and transient, but seem to bear an oblique wisdom, having something to teach us about ego and impermanence, in a world in which our interdependence – with entities which seem radically different – is unavoidable.
Rae-Yen Song is an artist based in Glasgow. Working expansively through drawing, sculpture, installation, costume, video, sound, performance, family collaboration and any other medium that becomes appropriate, Song’s practice is a long-term exercise in self-mythology as survival tactic.
ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the work and the discussion.