In today’s vivid and high-resolution world and in the pursuit of this Anna Sui retrospective, it is critical to unearth that nostalgic essence of her inspirations. She always looked back to plot the course forward. This defines the complexion of the work.
Musing on her Muses is a light and sound installation, presenting visitors with a retro-challenge of trying to make sense of blurry imagery. It employs a wide pixel pitch LED grid, which projects a video compilation of Anna Sui’s myriad of references on to the wall. The montage edits feature a variety - movie scenes, concert clips, and artist videos. In between the grid of hardware, you see the light bouncing off the wall’s surface, essentially projecting a hazy version of the video being played. In contrast, the low-res approach strips away fine details of the moving image. It’s designed to lure you into a dance with movement, emerging shapes and unmistakeable forms. Unwittingly, the viewer is invited to simulate a playback of a memory, etched in one’s mind. One is able to grasp the feeling, perhaps even vaguely glimpse a shape of in the projection - but the detail is delightfully elusive.