Microscaling Model

"Microscaling model" is an alternative interpretation of the "man as machine" theory. The machine is not only a metaphor for an organism, also a political doll, a miniature model at the mercy of power.

The film is based on Foucault's reference to the visual reproduction of patterns of discipline in his description of the intriguingly tame designs of the 18th century. In the article, he describes the controlled human body as requiring 'piecemeal' treatment, with subtle coercion applied to it in terms of movement, gesture, attitude, and speed, respectively, to emphasise the subtle power that governs the moving body. Secondly, the object of control is the mechanism, the efficacy of movement, the inner organisation of movement. It is not the symbols that are coerced, but the forces that are instilled through the 'rituals' of the exercise. Lastly, the mode of control is threaded into an uninterrupted, continuous coercion that oversees the process of activity rather than its outcome.

In the film, the camera acts as the eye of power. It does not belong to the form of the screen dance of placid recording and fluid following, but acts as an occupier of the high ground, an instructor, a man, or an uncompromising regime and culture. Whoever it is, it has an unequal relationship with Model. Model in the film is a woman standing downwind and a symbol of vulnerability. She is subjected to a fragmented and restricted trajectory of movement, to the logic laid down by the influence in high places, and to the projection of sexual imagery. Being monitored, audited and supervised in an interview-like manner, being gazed at, etc. The film simulates a production line, as if from birth to death we are being indoctrinated to serve 'X', a production line process that is in line with the current environment in China.

  • Aiping Xu
  • Aiping Xu
  • Aiping Xu
  • Aiping Xu
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    4,800 CNY
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    Digital camera
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Director Biography - Aiping Xu

Aiping lives in Shanghai, having gained her MA at Goldsmiths College last year and joined the trainee artist industry. She is a live performer and crossover practitioner whose artistic practice encompasses everything related to the body/flesh. She is passionate about putting female physicality into various physical and non-physical environments and materials, performing movements with a specific purpose and their own inner principles, creating fields of sensory response. She celebrates the feminine body as somewhere between the sacred and the corporeal, and excels in exploring its fragile and resilient side.

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