Wonderland, or Walking Backwards in Times Square

Wonderland, a video by artist Hye Yeon Nam, was a runner-up in the Grand Prize category of the Metropolis Art Prize 2009. The artist describes the apparent backwards movement of everybody but her as an "attempt to convey the feeling of displacement [related to her move from Korea to the US] and conformity by acting of walking."

Even knowing that she was walking backwards and reversed the video to achieve the end product, it is difficult to reverse the action in my mind's eye. It's slightly jarring, though interesting to note that nobody around her seems to take notice of her admittedly nonconformist behavior.

(Thanks to Glenn at Times Square Alliance for the heads up.)


  1. I think it does kind of capture the wonderland feeling, but i dont think its brilliant because anybody could have thought to do that and it backwords video has been done a thousands times to be "creative", ie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=co3qMdkucM0

  2. That was totally my idea!!!!


  3. well except i just checked she made that in FEB 2008 so she wins... drats!


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