Stories of Space - Independent Short Films Night

独立电影之夜- 虚拟/虚构空间

Poster Design: Emma Yi 易冰萤

Poster Design: Emma Yi 易冰萤

Time | 时间: 2019.6.15(周六) 7-9 pm
Location | 地点: Fou Gallery, 410 Jefferson Avenue, #1, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11221
Curator | 策划: 易冰萤 Emma Yi
Filmmakers | 导演: Victoria Catherine Chan, Jean Carla Rodea, Leila Garrison, 易冰萤
Ticket | 票价:$8 (Film Screening Only)
                        $15 (Film Screening and 1 Customized Cocktail by Siyuan Tan)

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基于我们的日常生活和经历,我们每个人都拥有一张私人地图。它包含我们日常行走的轨道,然后形成圆圈、交叉点和边界。我们与空间的互动超出了我们的想象,不仅是身体,还有历史上和心理上的交织。通过对空间的记录、想象和重建,我们开始认识到我们是谁,思考我们与这个世界的关系,以及未来如何利用空间。

“虚拟/虚构空间”选取的短片里描绘了不同的地点,例如意大利的一个旧工厂、墨西哥中部、互联网和虚拟现实。通过与空间的协商和呼应,本系列中的人物挣扎于对记忆的保存、文化的去殖民化、女性身份的探讨,以及性亲密的重新定义等等。 该系列包含不同的电影和视频类型,包括纪录片、实验非叙事片以及叙事短片。

本次短片放映活动伴随着谈思远的个展《单挑》,共同讨论了真实物理世界和虚拟网络世界之间的连接。放映前观众还可选择谈思远为每个人特制的鸡尾酒体验。

We all possess a personal map, based on our daily routines and experiences. It contains lines that we have passed, and then forms into circles, intersections, and boundaries. We interact with space more than we could imagine, not just physically, but also historically and psychologically. Through the documentation, imagination and reconstruction of space, we start to realize who we are, contemplate our relationship with this world, and how to use the space in the future.

“Stories of Space” film screening event portrays different locations, varying from an old factory in Italy, Central Mexico, the Internet, and virtual reality. Negotiating and echoing with space, characters in this series deal with preserving memories, decolonizing cultures, discussing gender identification, and re-defining sexual intimacy. The series contains different film and video genres, including documentary, experimental non- fiction, and narrative.

The screening event accompanies Siyuan Tan’s solo exhibition Face Off, and examines the confrontation between virtual and physical spaces. Along with the discussion is a cocktail experience curated by Siyuan Tan.

Works

放映作品

Destiny of a Factory (“Il destino di una fabbrica”)

2013, 50min

Directed by Victoria Catherine Chan

A former industrial complex stands on the brink of conversion into a technology park. Meanwhile, the remaining workers still strive inside the old plant. Destiny of a Factory observes a post-industrial realm while portraying the daily life of the working class. It’s a tableau depicting memoirs, archive materials, and visions of the future in virtual 3D. Here, the next generation is shaped with optimism and the fate of the last workers is yet unknown. Victoria Catherine Chan’s film raises questions about the value of work in today’s society and the consequences of what is yet to come.

“Buscando a Marina” (Looking for Marina)

2019, 10min

Directed by Jean Carla Rodea

Through this work, Rodea seeks a deeper understanding of the life of a woman known as “La Malinche.” She played a key role in the so-called Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. Marina acted as an interpreter, advisor, and intermediary for the Spanish conquistador, Hernán Cortés. This woman’s story is often frowned upon since she is considered a traitor and Rodea argues that she was actually a mediator who set in motion resistance practices by challenging euro-centric roles assigned to women. Her story has tremendous potential to challenge and disrupt normative/biased narratives regarding gender.

Still image from  Destiny of a Factory. ©  Victoria Catherine Chan

Still image from Destiny of a Factory. © Victoria Catherine Chan

Still image from  Buscando a Marina. ©  Jean Carla Rodea

Still image from Buscando a Marina. © Jean Carla Rodea

工厂的命运

2013, 50分钟

导演:Victoria Catherine Chan

一个曾经的工业综合体正处在转变为科技园的边缘。与此同时,剩余的工人仍在旧工厂内努力工作。Destiny of a Factory在描绘工人阶级日常生活的同时,也见证了整个后工业时代。短片将回忆录、档案材料和虚拟3D技术的未来愿景编织在一起。在这里,下一代人充满乐观,而最后一批工人的命运尚不明朗。Chan的电影引发了人们对社会中工作的价值究竟是什么的思考,以及对这个价值未来产生的后果的讨论。

寻找玛丽娜

2019, 10分钟

导演:Jean Carla Rodea

通过这部作品,Rodea希望观众能够对La Malinche (玛丽娜) 有更深层次的理解 。玛丽娜是西班牙征服者赫尔南·科尔特斯的翻译、顾问和中间人,在西班牙征服阿兹特克帝国中发挥了关键作用。这个女人的故事经常让人皱眉,因为她被认为是叛徒,而Rodea认为她实际上是一个调解人,她去反抗了当时大多数女性都被赋予的欧洲中心主义的传统女性形象。她的故事极有可能挑战和打破关于性别的规范性/偏见性叙述。

Masks Inside

2017, 14 min
Directed by Emma Yi

“Masks Inside” contains time-based, episodic and independent stories. Named after the main character (e.g. "Gisella," etc.), each story examines the subjects' different behaviors according to their personalities, and explores issues including gender, language, psychology, and space.

void silence () {

2016, 10 min

Directed by Emma Yi

Foucault once said that things that are not ordered would be driven out, denied and reduced to silence, and “repression operated as a sentence to disappear, but also as an injunction to silence, an affirmation of nonexistence.” Silence, then, is a forced result of power; it is a symbol of nonexistence, or concealed facts. Applying Foucauldian theory into this work ironically, this piece is focused on building another parallel reality that centers silence as its language.

Still image from  Masks Inside ©  Emma Yi

Still image from Masks Inside © Emma Yi

Still image from  void silence () { .  ©  Emma Yi

Still image from void silence () {. © Emma Yi

内在面具

2017, 14分钟
导演:易冰萤

《内在面具》包含了带有时间性的、有情节的独立的故事。每一个章节以主角的名字命名,如Gisella。每个故事都根据主人公的个性来审视他们不同的行为,并探讨性别、语言、心理和空间等问题。

void silence () {

2016, 10分钟

导演:易冰萤

福柯曾经说过,没有秩序的东西会被驱逐出去,被否定,被沉默: “压抑的作用是一句话的消失,但同时也是一个禁制令的沉默,一种不存在的肯定。” 于是沉默是权力强迫的结果,它是不存在或隐藏事实的象征。这部作品具有讽刺意味的将福柯的理论运用其中。它以沉默作为它的语言,并建立起另一个平行现实。

Still image from  I-ris .  ©  Leila Garrison

Still image from I-ris. © Leila Garrison

I-ris

2019, 12min

Directed by Leila Garrison

In a world where people can get eye implants to adjust what they see, complications with one girl’s operation cause her traumas to manifest visually. Stylistically referencing B-movies of the 70s and 80s, this short film explores queer desire, carnal repulsion, and the trauma of sexual awakening.

I-ris

2019, 12分钟

导演:Leila Garrison

在这个世界,人们可以通过植入眼睛来调整他们看到的东西。一个女孩手术的并发症导致她的精神创伤在视觉上显现出来。这部短片在风格上借鉴了70年代和80年代的B级片,探索了酷儿的欲望、肉体的排斥和性觉醒的创伤。

Bios of Filmmakers

电影人简介

Still image from  Destiny of a Factory. ©  Victoria Catherine Chan

Still image from Destiny of a Factory. © Victoria Catherine Chan

Victoria Catherine Chan

Born in Tioh'tià:ke / Montreal, unceded Kanien’kehá:ka territory, Victoria Catherine Chan’s work explores relationships between body, identity, and collective memory. Through an experiential approach, she investigates the nature of time and space and navigates between conflicting realities, as an artist and researcher. Trained as a non- fiction filmmaker, her practice gradually expands to include performance, installation and electronic arts. Her work and collaboration with emerging artists have shown in festivals, galleries, live performances and artist-run spaces across Europe and Turtle Island/America. She was awarded the Italian Embassy Scholarship, MAI –Montreal Arts Intercultural Grant, CALQ Production Grant – Quebec Arts & Letters Council, and SODEC Development Fund – Quebec’s major film funder. Victoria graduated in directing from ZeLIG Film School in Northern Italy and completed a fellowship residency at UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art in New York. She is currently an MFA candidate in Intermedia at Concordia University, and is also working on her first feature film. Website: vimeo.com/wiktoriachan

Victoria Catherine Chan出生于加拿大蒙特利尔。她的作品探索了身体、身份和集体记忆之间的关系。她以艺术家和研究人员的身份,通过体验的方式研究时间和空 间的本质,并在相互冲突的现实之间游走。作为一名非叙事片电影人,她的工作逐渐扩展到表演、装置和电子艺术。她的作品和与新兴艺术家的合作已经在欧洲和美 国的音乐节、画廊、现场表演场地和艺术家经营的空间中展出。她获得了意大利大使馆奖学金,MAI-蒙特利尔艺术跨文化补助金,CALQ补助金,和SODEC发展基金 (魁北克的主要电影基金)。Chan毕业于意大利北部的ZeLIG电影学院导演专业, 并在纽约的UnionDocs纪录片艺术中心完成了驻地项目。她目前是康考迪亚大学Intermedia专业的硕士研究生,同时也在制作她的第一部故事片。

Still image from  Buscando a Marina. ©  Jean Carla Rodea

Still image from Buscando a Marina. © Jean Carla Rodea

Jean Carla Rodea

Jean Carla Rodea is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Mexico City and currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work involves a variety of disciplines and mediums such as music, sound, performance, photography, video, and sculpture. Her artistic practice deals with spaces and instances where socio-political and cultural constructs are rendered visible through multi-media installations and performances. Rodea is invested in understanding how time is insistently constructed through memory and how these memories whether embodied or recorded in spaces are documented and re/constructed. Archival research – whether it takes place in an institution or in her personal archive – often leads her to draw from fiction and speculative history around documents, physical traces, and spaces. Rodea has an MFA from DIAP, CUNY. And has performed extensively and shown work at Roulette, Carnegie Hall, BRIC, Knockdown Center, Judson Church, Danspace, Center for Performance Research, Panoply Lab, Rio ll Gallery, The Clemente, El Museo de Los Sures, to mention a few. Website: www.jeancarlarodea.com

Jean Carla Rodea是一位来自墨西哥城的跨学科艺术家和教育家,目前在纽约布鲁 克林工作。她的作品涉及多种学科和媒介,如音乐、声音、表演、摄影、视频和雕 塑。她的艺术实践与空间和社会事实息息相关,她的多媒体装置和表演经常包含社 会政治和文化反思的内容。Rodea致力于理解时间是如何通过记忆持续构建的,以 及这些记忆是如何在空间中体现或记录的,和如何被重新构建的。档案研究——无论是在一个机构里还是在她的个人档案里——常常使她从虚构和思辨的历史中汲取有关文件、物理痕迹和空间本身的信息。Rodea拥有纽约市立大学数码与跨领域艺术实践的硕士学位。她曾在Roulette、卡内基音乐厅、BRIC Knockdown Center、 Judson Church、 Danspace、 Center for Performance Research 、Panoply Lab、Rio ll画廊、Clemente El Museo de Los Sures等场所进行过演出和展览。

Still image from  Masks Inside ©  Emma Yi

Still image from Masks Inside © Emma Yi

Emma Yi

Emma Yi is a visual artist, independent filmmaker, and performer based in New York. She is currently a Collaborative Studio fellow at UnionDocs. She graduated from the City College of New York with an MFA degree in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art practice. Having a bachelor’s degree in Literature of Film, Television and Theater and a master’s degree in Communication Studies, her ideas are multi-disciplinary and grounded in different fields, such as sociology and anthropology. Through utilizing and de-familiarizing crucial moments of everyday life as materials of artistic practice, her works are often conceptual, including conflicts inherent to human nature, functions of objects, hidden power, and social construction, based on post-structural theory. Her works have been exhibited in solo and group shows, including The PALAZZO VELLI EXPO in Italy, The Border Project Space in New York, El Museo DE Los Sures, Cloud Gallery, and other public spaces. Besides, she co-curated a performance event at Chashama in 2016.

易冰萤是一名活跃于纽约的独立电影工作者,影像艺术家和表演者,目前在纪录片机构UnionDocs做驻地项目。她毕业于纽约市立大学的数码与跨领域艺术实践纯艺术硕士专业。易冰萤有着戏剧影视文学以及传播学的专业背景,她的艺术创作中经常有跨学科的理念,受到来自如社会学、人类学等不同领域的影响。她的作品常常表现日常生活中的片段而又将其陌生化:基于后结构主义的观点,她作品中探讨的概念包括人性的矛盾,物体的功能性,隐藏的权力和社会建构等等。 她的作品曾 在意大利的PALAZZO VELLI博览会、纽约的Border Project Space、 El Museo DE Los Sures、 Domino Park、 Cloud Gallery等公共空间举办过个展和群展。此外,她还参 与策划了2016年在Chashama举办的现场艺术表演。Website: https://www.bingyingyi.com/

Still image from  I-ris .  ©  Leila Garrison

Still image from I-ris. © Leila Garrison

Leila Garrison

Having graduated from Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at NYU Tisch, Leila K. Garrison makes films and comics in Brooklyn NY about Asian American and queer identities. Website:  www.leilakg.com

毕业于纽约大学蒂施分校(NYU Tisch)坎巴尔影视学院(Kanbar Institute of Film and Television)。Leila K. Garrison活跃于纽约布鲁克林,创作关于亚裔美国人和酷儿身份的电影和漫画。