The opening night was a little overwhelming for me. I had to stay in my space talking to people. But it’s very interesting to see their reactions to my work. With the wall painting, some people knew the topic was serious. For others, just looking and interacting with the projections, they enjoyed the “fun”. And for children, they loved to running around in the area with light “tracking” them. Since I couldn’t get the Mac mini to work for the projection, I had to use my laptop during the opening. With the overheating issue, the graphics was running laggy. To my surprise, it didn’t bother people at all. I had the propaganda translated into English. When people were about to leave, they saw the translation which helped them understand the piece more and complete the experience.
I had some very interesting conversations at the opening. There were people wondering what the work was, some people wanted to know how I feel about the freedom was in China and how Chinese people react to it. Most people thought the technology was cool and they enjoyed the work. I thought it was a success, at least everything was working that night.
I was so grateful that my mom’s here with me during the opening. She was the main reason I wanted to make this piece.