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Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear

single-channel digital projection 20min 

self-publication novel  100 pages English/ Chinese

Objects In the Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear is an art video developed from Kexin’s fictive novel to prompt reflection on simulation hypothesis and selfhood in the post-truth era of the virtual world. Kexin realizes that virtual reality extends beyond mere visual perception, but also intersects with psychosocial and self-projection mechanisms. In the realm of social psychology, the utilization of self-

projection has the potential to destroy our relationship in real life.

The film allows Kexin to comment on gaze relations in locating the so-called truth, it is this distance that makes “truth” easier to produce and


The film’s protagonist is suddenly unable to perceive her own reflection in real life and begins instead to project her missing sense of self onto an online character. This virtual other gradually becomes the fictional reality through which the protagonist confirms her identity.

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