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Lockdown Journals: Chen Wu-kang

Re-thinking dance and performance in the pandemic era


Published: 8 Oct 2021

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Lockdown Journals: Chen Wu-kang

Produced by Cinemovement
An Esplanade Commission

In a tiny space surrounded by monitors, modems and a team of technicians, dance artist Chen Wu-kang oversees the production of 14, an ambitious new work that challenges the limits of performance live streaming. Far-removed from his audiences, Chen, the artistic director of one of Taiwan's most sought-after dance companies, HORSE, negotiates the boundaries between technology and art. In a work emblematic of the pandemic era, is the medium truly the message?

14 is available online until 31 Oct 2021, Sun, 11.59pm. Watch it here.

About the artists

Founded by artist Elysa Wendi and film producer Jeremy Chua in 2016, Cinemovement is initiated as an artist-run platform for artists to explore interdisciplinary propositions between the dance and film practices in a laboratory, residency and artistic research setting. Cinemovement was supported by the National Arts Council under the Seed Grant Scheme from 2017 – 2020. More about Cinemovement here.

Liao Jiekai (Co-director)
Liao Jiekai is a filmmaker and artist based in Singapore and Tokyo. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008, and co-founded film collective 13 Little Pictures upon returning to Singapore. His short and feature films were widely screened in international film festivals such as Tokyo, Shanghai, Torino, Nantes and Buenos Aires, most notably Red Dragonflies which won the Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju International Film Festival. In 2012, he received the Young Artist Award for filmmaking from the National Arts Council of Singapore. In 2020, he received a Master degree for film directing from Tokyo University of the Arts, having studied under film directors Kurosawa Kiyoshi and Suwa Nobuhiro.

Elysa Wendi (Co-director)
Elysa Wendi is a dance artist and filmmaker working between Singapore and Hong Kong. Preoccupied with the abstraction of memory from place, time and biographical traces, Wendi explores these themes in her live and filmic works. Straddling between disciplines, Wendi develops her films with a choreographic eye and performative approach. Her short film 1958 Delivery won the Best Experimental Film award at the 2018 South Taiwan Film Festival, and her film Forgive or Not to Forgive won Best Documentary at Hong Kong Art House Film Festival 2020. She co-founded Cinemovement, a platform for inter-disciplinary film creation together with film producer Jeremy Chua in 2015.

Jeremy Chua (Producer)
Jeremy Chua is a Singaporean film producer and screenwriter. Since 2014, he founded Potocol, a film company focused on development and co-production of independent Asian films. He is an alumnus of EAVE Ties That Bind 2013, Produire au sud 2016, Berlinale Talents 2017, SEAFIC 2017 and Torino Film Lab 2018. He works under Marco Mueller's programme team at Pingyao International Film Festival and has been a programme consultant for Sheffield Documentary Festival UK. He co-founded Cinemovement, a platform for inter-disciplinary film creation together with artist Elysa Wendi in 2015.

Chiu Chih Hua (Cinematographer, Taiwan)
Chiu Chih Hua is a visual artist based in Taipei. Chiu's works are focused on the research of images, which contain static or dynamic, real or virtual material. His previous works capture the urban perspective through a single channel video shooting, inspired by documentary photography. In 2007, Chiu was admitted to the New Media Department of Fine Arts, Master school at Taipei University of the Arts, and devoted his passion in image creation. He then gradually shifts the image from real scenery to model set-up.

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