The journey of “ ̶N̶o̶t̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ ” begins as viewers enter M+ Pavilion’s elevated level. The open-air terrace has been reconfigured into a walled space covered with mirrored facades just like the building’s exterior. Visitors are forced into confrontation with the eerie reflections of their own images, and are guided by a string of texts through the semi-open space, along a circular trajectory. In the middle, a solitary tree is positioned amid a garden covered in sand.
Visitors then move into a dark gallery through a long corridor. An image of a prison projected at the end of the tunnel is obstructed by a series of cold aluminum pillars. After meandering through the pillars, they find a large video image of another solitary tree projected on a glass wall inside the gallery, contrasting the real tree planted on the terrace outside.
Questions about solitude and the meaning of one’s path through life are surfaced further via an immersive video installation, a work that can be viewed as a diluted version of Tsang’s previous works, such as the Seven Seals, with simpler, shorter text. The words rush at viewers while a soundtrack plays samples of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and grunge rock music, conveying another of Tsang’s inspirations: Kurt Cobain, the tragic rock icon and frontman of Nirvana. (It’s worth noting that Tsang’s influences aren’t all Western; he’s also been influenced by Eastern concepts, such as the idea of karma.)