Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings


digital / color / 28min. / 2017 / China, Hong Kong

The devastating hot air and the miasma myth created fear and anxiety within the British in the early days of Hong Kong. Acclimatization efforts, the studies of plants, along with expansion of the British Botanic Empire, have consolidated the spatial segregation in the British colony, which has lasted until today. This work examines the peculiar dynamics between imperialism, scientific research, race and the right to look in 19th Century Canton.(B.W.+P.L.)

A dual-screen composition. We glimpse traces of diverse and precise techniques, such as the combining of right and left, comparison of past and present, the juxtaposition of old footage and parts of it in close up, the width of the perspective being doubled, and so on. If the beginning of this film follows the 1811 episode of the arrival of English traders in the legendary port of Hong Kong, in this film it is an attempt to pioneer a new form of documentary that finds equality in the pictorial technique of perspective.(N.T.)


Theatre Image Forum(TOKYO):8/7 13:00 Program C
Spiral Hall(TOKYO):8/11 16:20 Program C
Lumen Gallery(KYOTO):8/25 19:00 Program C
Yokohama Museum of Art(YOKOHAMA):9/16 16:30 Program C
Aichi Arts Center(NAGOYA):9/29 16:30 Program C