|A video essay on the massive economic and cultural shifts occurring in contemporary China. w/filmmaker Wo Bang.|
China Concerto (Bo Wang, China, 2012; 50 min.) An observational essay about images, representations and performances in China's contemporary spectacles. For China, the past two decades since 1989, has been a time of economic boom and social de-politicization. Drive for profit and progress seems to have been dominating social life. However, it is also crucial to be aware that the extensive capitalization is hybridized to retained aspects of communist totalitarianism. Not only on the economic level, in ideologies, influences from the Mao era never really faded away. They conceal themselves under a capitalist mask. The film takes a form of fictional letters about a man's encounters with all the images during his trip in China, narrated by a female voice with an untraceable accent. The focus of the film is images – images in a broader sense, as surfaces of the society. I believe the seemingly most mundane surfaces can possibly provide us a glimmer of re-looking at the basis of the duo-structure of China in the post-Tiananmen era.
Saturday, April 6 4:20 PM; Saturday, April 6, 9:00 PM.