Kim Yip Tong
Originally from Mauritius and Germany, I like to work across disciplines and techniques, experimenting with both digital and analogue processes through moving image and kinetic installation work.
My RCA MA project ‘Ebony’ narrates the history of the forests and plants of Mauritius. The project investigates how Western’s economic ambitions and the perception of islands as paradise and utopia have shaped the landscape, from a Dutch, French and English colony based on the slave trade to current privatization of the land by the tourism industry.
The viewer witnesses early colonists', writers' and poets' descriptions of the island while hearing the distant drums of the marooned slaves beating in the ghostly forest.
My aim is to develop conservation communication methods through immersion and storytelling, investigating people’s relationship to their local ecosystem in parallel to my own.
I am generally interested by everything I haven't done yet.