Erica Tan

Shot Through/Persistent Visions

DIORAMA PROJECTS is pleased to announce the third of our DIORAMA PROJECTIONS, this time featuring the video work of visual artist Erika Tan, a British-based Singaporean artist and curator. 

Erika studied Social Anthropology and Archaeology at Kings College, Cambridge; Film Directing at The Beijing Film Academy, followed by an M.A in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art, London and is currently an Associate Lecturer at Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design, London.  Evolving from her interest in anthropology and the moving image, Tan's work is often informed by specific cultural, geographical or physical contexts; exploring different media to create situations that excite, provoke, question, confront and invite comments from an audience.  Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Thermocline of Art (ZKM, Germany 2007), The Singapore Biennale (2006), Around The World in Eighty Days (South London Gallery / ICA 2007), EAST International (Norwich Gallery 2000), Cities on the Move (The Hayward Gallery, London), and Incommunicado (Hayward Touring exhibition). 

A live internet discussion with the artist will take place after the screening.

Erika Tan, Shot Through, 2008

Shot Through 16’, 2008

Shot Through was made from footage shot in Shanghai during a residency in 2004.  The work looks at the way in which China becomes a cipher through the written text of others.  Shot Through interrogates the writings of philosophers and theorists such as Derrida, Barthe, Sontag and Kristeva who had certain fascinations with China and made short visits followed up with written interpretations, theorising and ponderings which now circulate and form part of China's global textual patina. 

Persistent Visions 24’, 2005

‘Persistent vision’ is a film term for the production of moving images from still pictures.  The process of  creating a moving image is dependent upon the eye/brains persistence of vision, whereby the memory of the image is retained by the viewer.  Made from donated Super 8 material held by the Empire & Commonwealth archives spanning the fifty years between 1930 and 1970, the project questions the construction of history and collective memory through the medium of film.  Many of the film reels within collections have been spliced together, not necessarily chronologically, and jump from location to location.  Without the guidance of a sound track or the original filmmakers intentions, or knowledge and experience of the specifics of a place and its history, the remaining ‘film evidence’ is left in a liminal state of indeterminacy.  In keeping with the mode of an interpretive space, the audience will be encouraged to share their responses and interpretations of the work with each other and with the artist who will be present via live internet video link throughout the screening.


Friday 22 October 2010


2P Contemporary Art Gallery, Hong Kong