Earlier this February (on the 16th), it was the Lunar New Year. This year is the year of the dog and last year it was the year of the rooster. I own Chinese paper cut of the rooster and dog and plan to use it as part of the projection, with videos/imagery corresponding to 2017 surrounding the rooster and imagery signalling the new year surrounding the dog.
One particular big event marking 2017-2018 is the first year of Donald Trump in office. Last Lunar New Year, a Chinese mall in Taiyuan put up a rooster imitating Trump to ring in the year of the rooster. Taran Singh Brar later used a similar statue design to protest Trump by placing “Chicken Don” near the White House.
This year the mall did something similar and put up a Trump dog statue. What’s also interesting is that Trump is born in the year of the dog, thought it’s not predicted to be a good year for him. Trump is also a Fire Dog (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water are elements also associated with each year), and has the typical characteristics of one: hot-tempered, talkative and not in harmony with others, which will work against him in the year ahead.
For this project I want to try and have typical CNY imagery interspersed with these images in this vein.