a fast food restaurant 'Beautifull Heart' in Shenzhen, China, a
flat screen continuously transmits news and entertainment channels.
Information becomes like decoration.
looks at the screen only from time to time, often not at all, and
rarely with attention. We do not know if we agree on postures in
front of the screen and on what we see.
A dialogical encounter between two video clips of the same screen
in the same fast food restaurant but at different moments were made
by Paola Yacoub and by Yao Zhiyan.
These plasma screens in fast food restaurants and cafés show
the social modality of a contemporary gaze.
Yacoub is a graduate of the Architectural Association School of
Architecture in London, and currently a PHD candidate in visual
arts at Goldsmith's college, London. Among other venues she has
exhibited in the 2002 Sao Paulo Biennale, the 2003 Venice Biennale
and was part of the DAAD artists program in 2004/2005 in collaboration
with Michel Lasserre. She lives and works in Berlin.