TITLE: Hong Kong - Wan Chai
PRIMARY CREATOR: Christine Istad
YEAR COMPLETED: 2014
SOUND: No sound
SCREENING: In Between, Bærum Art Hall, Norway
Prize: Best Experimental: Great Lakes International Film Festival, 2015, USA
Kunstverein Ingan, Gallery Greusslich Contemporary, 2015, Berlin, Germany
Nordisk Platform, the Market, 2015, Malmø, Sweden
Den 27. Minimalen Kortfilmfestival, Trondheim, Norway 2015.
6th International Videoart Festival of Camagüey, Cuba. 2015.
International experimental video-art festival, The Ferry Gallery, Bangkok Thailand. 2015.
NoSPHERE Arts, New York 2015.
Galleri Semmingsen, Oslo 2014.
A man practising Thai Chi on the streets of Hong Kong with a fountain and traffic jam 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 find small 'pockets' for physical activities. The contrasts between modern and traditional culture is reflected in the video work. 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-scale motor control, rhythm in motion, genesis by movement of the body's vital center.