Can we truly know another’s experience, especially with varying languages,
gender, race and class differences?
(Babel,14:50 Video Installation, HD1920x1080, 2010)
(Director/Screenwriter/Cinematographer/Editor/Sound Mixer Meng Tang)
The video installation work Babel is a reflection of personal cross-cultural experience and an
examination of the feasibility and possibility of communication – especially cross-cultural
communication. Can we truly know another’s experience, especially with varying languages,
gender, race and class differences? The final answer is probably no. However, does that
means we are all different and we cannot effectively communicate? Again the answer is no.
As long as we are aware of the differences, we are capable of self-reflection and self-
examination. The title of the work Babel is borrowed from the book of Genesis from the
Bible. With the specificity of direct representation, I use these signifiers to allude to ideas
about the human condition, and the environment we inhabit. . I encourage expansive
interpretation of my work as it invites participation in the act of art as a vehicle for thought.