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8 Minutes
2008, video; sound; 8’’; single channel

One evening in 2007, Lin was shooting a video of the army recruiting station at New York’s Time Square, when suddenly several police cars rushed into the square. Something was going on. Lin continued filming for eight minutes. Only several months later he learnt about that evening’s event. He was startled as he understood that he actually had been the witness of an attack against the recruiting station. Lin’s video entitled “8 Minutes” (2008) shows the filmed scene without modification: the police cars with their sirens going, passers-by paying little attention to the whole scene, and the recruiting station with a huge video screen showing a propaganda film, urging young people to join the army. The breach between the reality simulated in the suggestive images of the army propaganda and the actuality of the news event once again revealed to the artist the efficiency of those structures constituting collective consciousness, reminding him on his childhood education. Born in 1964, Lin Yilin grew up during the Cultural Revolution and was impregnated with ideals like for example heroism, or altruism for the good of the people. (Martina Köppel-Yang)