Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy
Project info

The concept for my work, "Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy" is inspired by the novel of the same name, written by John le Carré in 1974. The protagonist of my story is, a MI6 agent Bill Haydon, played by Colin Firth in the film adaptation of the novel, directed by Tomas Alfredson in 2011.

First, I wrote my original story which was inspired by the novel and film, then I made the following story with the series of photographs. The idea of my story came from my imagination, about Haydon's skeptical feeling and his question to his mission and the society. Before he betrayed his country by turning to be a KGB double agent in U.S.S.R, perhaps he might have small conversation with his best friend or family, about his doubtful feeling to the society. Some elements in the photos are represented in the film and novel as well.

This work has 52 images, consisted by the mix of 6, 8, 10, 11.5 inches’ photos. It is also installation art, like a visual reproduction of the musical score "La Mer" (English title is "Beyond the sea") composed by Charles Trenét and sung by Julio Iglesias in 1976, which is featured as the theme song for the same titled film. The positions of photos are imitation of melody of the song and the bass line I arranged, and each 6, 8, 10, 11.5 inches’ photos correspond to 8th, 4th, 2nd and whole notes in the score. Some of photos are protruded from the wall by mounting on thick foamboard with bocks bases, which has 13, 23, 43, 63mm thickness, while others are mounted on 8mm foamboard. These protruded photos mean longer notes like dotted or triplet notes than normal notes. Also, I tried to express musical expressions "Crescendo and Diminuendo" with making steps, using by these different thick bases from 5mm to 63mm.

Here is the link for the explanation of this work.

Lately, there is something that I can’t stop thinking about. I wonder, do we create images of others based on our own desires and fears, just to affirm our prejudices? And do these images make us take action that relies on these illusions?

If we believe in our illusions, it’s impossible to discover the truth. For example, look at the guy walking on the street. He looks bored and grumpy. That’s my impression. Even if I could create an image of him, I wouldn’t actually know who he is, where he’s from, or what he’s thinking, right?

So, we have to abandon our illusions and discover the truth about him instead. If the truth is entirely different than our illusions, we may just lead ourselves to a better place.

Of course, some people will lie and scheme in order to hide the truth. How would we feel if we believed a lie, but in the process, also overcame our selfish desires and fears as a result?

Perhaps, believing might be something like having a dream that you don’t wake up from.
And in fact, we were happy.