“Made in China” is a series of illusionary products that criticizes the recent social development and commodity culture of China. Primarily, a product is understood as providing certain functions to the user to serve human needs. However, the true necessity of these needs are often a mirage strategically disguised by investors. Such cunning acts rise exponentially now that China is a new world that blooms up both supplies and needs; which draws significant global attention. Comparatively, Hong Kong citizens are semi-outsiders, engage in a more thorough and sentimental observation towards the country. The artist questions the means of the manufacturing and industrial success of China. This reality sets him on the horns of a dilemma between the needs of people and the tools for exposing the country’s quality. With an ironic and humoristic manner, this series interplays with form and function to suggest thoughts on tautology, control, and consumerism to the public.
Made in China #1 – Lighter
A lighter is hacked; a miniature light bulb is installed inside the lighter’s body to replace “the fire”. When someone presses the button, the light bulb elevates and illuminates.
Made in China #2 – Whistling Kettle
A whistling kettle is hacked; a mini smoke machine, a fan, vibrators and electronics are installed in the kettle’s body to simulate the water boiling effect.
Made in China #3 – Magnetic Drawing Board
A Magnetic Drawing Board is hacked; the magnetic board is partially disabled to leave a trace of strokes that are “drawable,” which means the user is only allowed to draw particular illustration.