Hong Kong - Wan Chai

screened week 7-11 with Public Art Screens 2017

© IstadArt 2014. Length 3:06 min. No sound.

A man practising Thai Chi on the streets of Hong Kong with a fountain and trafficjam in the background. A woman is devoured by her mobile phone unaware of what is happening around her. People hurrying home from the day’s work.The film says something about identity; relationship between people, society and modern cities. People`s behaviour is a reflection of cities and communities of which we are part, and where personal identity is interacting with the society. In hypermodern cities where people live cramped, one must findsmall ‘pockets’ for physical activities. The contrasts between modern and traditional culture is reflected in the video ork. Tai Chi symbolizes presence in body and mind.Tai Chi Chuan can be translated as’ Supreme Ultimate Force “. The term” supreme ultimate “is often associated with the Chinese concept of yin-yang, the notion that one can see a dynamic duality (male / female, active / passive, dark / light, powerful / rewarding, etc.) in all things. A goal in Tai Chi is to create a calm and peaceful mind, focused on the precise execution of the exercises. It’s all about balance, adjustment, fine-scalemotor control, rhythm in motion, genesis by movement of the body’s vital center.

SCREENINGS: Winner of best experimental at Great Lakes International Film Festival, 2015, USAIn Between, group show Bærum Kunsthall, Norway 2015Kunstverein Ingan, Gallery Greusslich Contemporary, 2015, Berlin, GermanyNordisk Platform, The Market, 2015, Malmø, SwedenDen 27. Minimalen Kortfilmestival, Trondheim, 2015, Norway.6th International Videoart Festival of Camagüey, 2015, Cuba.International experimental video-art festival, The Ferry Gallery, 2015, Bangkok Thailand.NoSPHERE Arts, 2015, New York, USA.Galleri Semmingsen, 2014, Oslo, Norway.

Christine Istad