A Wet Finger in the Air

Tiffany Sia

2021 | 01:00:17 | Hong Kong SAR China / United States | Chinese, English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Found Footage, History

A Wet Finger in the Air, a single-channel video, assembles appropriated footage of bilingual weather reports from 1980’s through 1997-era Hong Kong TVB and Pearl broadcasting stations into a hypnotic, randomized loop that repeats every hour. While these reels may invoke a kind of nostalgia, Sia's interest centers more on locating atmospheric and weather changes as a metaphor for the similarly unpredictable and slippery turns of history. The artist metaphorically raises a wet finger in the air to judge the invisible direction of the times.

English and Cantonese.

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Artists Space
New York

Exhibitions + Festivals

Every Lie Has an Audience, Marsèll, 2021

Play and Loop III, Blindspot Gallery, 2021

Slippery When Wet, Artists Space, 2021 (Premier)

Everybody Talks About the Weather, Fondazione Prada, Venice, Italy, 2023