Gameboy Haiku (2009)

1989-nintendo-made hand-held gaming devices were exploited to poetic ends: each of these Gameboys were programmed to display an animation of a single Chinese character. When strung together, these Gameboys will read as a Haiku poem that comments on certain aspect of Sino-Japanese relationship to-date.

In the work, I used a special edition of the console that was only released in Japan, which features a back-lit screen that glows in the dark. 16 of these special edition Gameboys were lined up to display a collage of Chinese characters that fades in and out of sight, eventually reading:

"the schrizophenia that is typified by using Japanese products to criticize Japan."

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1989-nintendo-made hand-held gaming devices were exploited to poetic ends: each of these Gameboys were programmed to display an animation of a single Chinese character. When strung together, these Gameboys will read as a Haiku poem that comments on certain aspect of Sino-Japanese relationship to-date.

In the work, I used a special edition of the console that was only released in Japan, which features a back-lit screen that glows in the dark. 16 of these special edition Gameboys were lined up to display a collage of Chinese characters that fades in and out of sight, eventually reading:

"the schrizophenia that is typified by using Japanese products to criticize Japan."

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