the She-she-sheep House
(Collaborate with Wang Xiyang and Qin Yanan as the Sisters Trio)




Video Stills from Can I go to your home to sweep the floor?

Installation View



Six-channel Video Installation, Robot Vaccums, Traditional Working Tools,
2021



This project depicts a future archaeological site in a granary at Lianshi where the Liangzhu Culture is being excavated. In this space, the robot vacuums wear faux wool fabrics and appear to be semi-natural “sheep”. Viewers enter the space with a flashlight, and must always watch out for the sweeping robots that move around in the space as sheep. Each robot is set on a different route, according to the floor plans we collected in "Can I go to your home to sweep the floor?", a door-to-door cleaning service with robot vacuums we provided for the residents, relieving them of household chores as well as exploring the spaces where they are living and working. The residents are invited to share their memories of their places. The oral histories, floor plans, old photos, and documentation in the cleaning process "shape" the robot vacuum’s memories of "home". When the robots encounter an obstacle or collide, they will broadcast "I can't find my way home. Come and help me". 

The center of the granary is the memory database and home of the "robotic sheep", consisting of TVs and their power stations. Video archives, interviews, floor plans, and the documentation during the sweep are displayed on the TVs, all of which testify to the traces of life in our generation, but the fast-changing outside world and changing information make it difficult to verify the authenticity of the urban memory of the last thirty years. And what kind of information does this data convey about our era in the future?




Video Stills from Can I go to your home to sweep the floor?
Installation View



                           
                                   a floor plan generated by the robot vacuum