Courtesy the creative.

Jiānchí by Sarah Tan

Virtual Reality

Jiānchí is an immersive experience telling a story about an immigrant’s perseverance using Augmented Reality (AR).

"As background, I came to Australia in 2015 with the hopes of a better future. Throughout my time here, I’ve seen many Asian immigrants being discriminated, stereotyped, and facing many obstacles to achieve their dreams in Australia. However, most immigrants have shown a great deal of patience, purpose and perseverance to overcome all odds against them.

The beauty of using AR as the medium to convey my art is due to its immersive and expansive nature, allowing the audience to be in an immigrant’s shoes, navigating through the imaginary boundaries and obstacles set up in front of them, while seeing others breeze through effortlessly to arrive at the same destination in the end."

Jiānchí encourages the audience to see Asian immigrants beyond pre-conceived stereotypes, celebrating their diverse background and utmost resilience in pursuing a better future for themselves.

The word Jiānchí comes from the Chinese pronunciation of 坚持, which means persevere.

Video and Artwork: Sarah Tan
Music credits: Universe by Sappheiros

"Jiānchí is an immersive experience telling a story about an immigrant’s perseverance using augmented reality. Being a part of the ‘Ahead of the Curve’ program has allowed me to reflect on my own immigration experience and translate it into an art experience. Through the workshops, I was able to learn more about creating art, be equipped with useful skills, and meet other like-minded artists. It is truly an amazing experience, thank you MAV!"

Presented as part of MAV’s Ahead of the Curve program.

Supported by The Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing.