Furen Dai's video work begin with her research on a Secret Women Language called NvShu, which was originated and developed as a secret code among women in Hunan Province, China. Through research she discovered that though the language has lost its functionality, women who know the language have been pressured into performing their cultural activities as entertainment for tourists for menial wages. She has presented a language factory in her video and the act of producing secret women language as art object to sell to people who don't have access to the meaning of the language.
Excerpt of 9 min Language Producing Factory
Message through Generations
Message through Generations is a work that is inspired by the conversation around the content found in an ancient Chinese book called Commandments for Women. This book is written by a Chinese woman scholar named Ban Zhao in around 100 C.E. The conversation between two generations is presented silently and actively through the daughter first tracing the shadow of the mother’s writing. This is followed by the daughter reading the writing, then writing on the box with her mother sitting within until it becomes an entirely black box. The process exemplifying how the elder generation passed the rules for behavior to the younger generation and younger generation might very well have a strong opinion about those rules, either in agreement or disagreement. The black box symbolizes that the women in creating rules are trapped inside and it becomes increasingly hard for women to see the outside world.