balloon, pumps, PLC controller
Even in Fear (2008) evokes an inexorable build-up of social pressure. A weather balloon very slowly inflates, its rubbery skin stretched thinner and thinner, pressing against the ceiling of the gallery and then deflates, once more becoming a wrinkly empty bag. The inflation and deflation is repeated, over and over again. Zhou says the work reflects on ‘the human desire for expansion’; it evokes the pressures experienced at every level of contemporary society, in China and globally. The balloon’s expansion manipulates the personal space and the emotional response of the viewer. Eventually, inevitably, the balloon will burst, and the entire cycle must begin again.