Weihan Zhou (b. 1993) is a Chinese filmmaker and visual artist currently working in New York City. He received a BA in Animation from the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China. While in China, he also worked as a graphic designer for ad agency BBDO. Zhou’s works experiment in pushing the limits of form and movement, beginning with his childhood fascination with creating flipbooks. Zhou’s practice is informed by rhythm and repetition, breaking down our lives’ physical and auditory beats into simple mechanics. His moving images function as short treatises on doubling, dissociation, and the unknown.

Chair (2020)

Film, 3:53 min.
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Zoetrope 4.75 in x 3 mm

Chair is a video that dramatizes the falling of a metal chair. Using stop-motion animation and zeotrope, Weihan Zhou dissolves the chair’s mundane aspects and turns it into an object of curiosity and danger. Looping frames of the chair falling backward—with a woman sitting on it—prod our fear of instability, about which the artist comments: “It’s scary not just because it hurts; it’s also because you don’t know at which point you will lose your balance.” This fear mirrors the fear of the unpredictable that the loop has installed in us. Instability is antagonized by the loop, as it expects us to be stable and predictable.

Moththth (2020)

Film, 2:58 min.
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4 x 6 in

Moththth is a video that stitches together footage of a drifting moth, accompanied by a dialogue between two people ruminating on its existence. The footage is captured by a security camera—installed in a dimly lit bedroom—that only records when it detects motions. The quick white wings of the moth flutter back and forth across the screen as the film just barely captures its erratic trajectories. The film thus contemplates the kinds of motions that upset surveillance and predictability. The moth’s triumphant aerial dance suggests that one possible pathway to freedom from the loop is through spontaneous movements.

Do-Until Loop Parade