November 26, 2011 7:00p.m. at FPC
7 minutes / 2011 / Hong Kong/United Kingdom
A work of animated documentary by Lilian Fu 傅詠欣
In this project, I want to explore the process of changing states of mind and memories through animation. The concept is to reproduce images of a video frame by frame interceded by paintings, inserts of texts and sounds.
A video-recorded interview with my grandmother in 2007 was part of an early exercise in visual ethnographic research. Ever since she died two years ago, other than her talking head footage, there has not been much left for our recollection of her, be it objects, photos, or other video documents. Hence there are many gaps and patches of emptiness in term of information. However, I found that, among all things, our memories of her are the most powerful resources if we want to trace who she is. Memories work in mysterious ways: how we recall a person may discount the ‘fact’, and yet the speaker’s recollection may alter the person remembered due to her personal point of view, personality, language habits and choice of vocabulary.
During the production process, I found that animation is a powerful method as it reviews the past in a more emotion-driven and intimate way which fills the gaps that live-action/photographic media rarely achieve.
The screening of the video work will be followed by discussion and sharing.
*This project is supported by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s Emerging Artist grant.