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Royce Ng is an artist based in Hong Kong. He often works with the anthropologist Daisy Bisenieks in the collective Zheng Mahler

THE BALLAD OF ZEBADIAH ARRINGTON


2012, The Ballad of Zebadiah Arrington, 3D digital animation, 1020x1980 HD, 08:23

The Ballad of Zebadiah Arrington is an animation and a series of performances by Australian artist Royce Ng which recreates the experience of Chicago street artist Zebadiah Arrington's time in the US prison system on vandalism offenses in New York, Chicago and Boston. Having met Arrington during a residency in Gwangju , South Korea, Ng has re-imagined the various urban environments, prisons and cities based on Arrington's descriptions to create an animated film which juxtaposes these scenes with footage from Arrington's graffiti activities in Gwangju city. The entire narrative is juxtaposed with the traditional Korean story of 'Chunhyangjeon', which mirrors Arrington's own experiences as a story based on a cross cultural relationship riven by imprisonment, while the accompanying soundtrack utilizes the pansori opera retelling of 'Chunhyangjeon' to reflect the local history and context where the work came into being.
A screening of the animation during the 2012 Gwangju Biennale was accompanied by a live performance of ‘Ok Jung Tan Shik and Sook Deh Moori’ from Chunhyangga sung by Park Heeyeon accompanied by Soichiro Mitsuya, Royce Ng, Suhuu Goh, and Zebadiah Arrington with an installation by Soichiro Mitsuya. A parallel performance with rapper Kim Hyunwoo and Soichiro Mitsuya and Royce Ng took also took place during the performance.








Birdcage Prison Installation by Soichiro Mitsuya