Windows Program 4: Latent Images
Windows Program 4: Latent Images (73 min)
Featuring Michaela Grill’s under the microscope, Prapat Jiwarangsan’s Parasite Family, Maryam Tafakory’s Nazarbazi, Wang Yuyan’s One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean, Sara Cwynar’s Glass Life, and Tiffany Sia’s What Rules The Invisible.
SHOWTIME: 11:00 / 10 Dec / SF World Cinema, Centralworld 3
under the microscope
Austria / Canada, 2021, 7 min, No Dialogue, DCP
Swirling dots of light, pulsating forms, rampant structures, and amorphous eruptions of colour: recordings from science films of the 1920s, which Michaela Grill rearranges to a ticking, shimmering sci-fi electro soundtrack.
Thailand, 2022, 5 min, No Dialogue, DCP
Parasite Family is constructed from old film negatives discovered in an out-of-business film lab. Using analog and digital editing techniques, Prapat Jiwarangsan breathes new energy into these old films. He accompanies them on their journey from the world of analog to the world of digital, and finally to the world of AI-generated images and NFT artworks. Suggesting that these faces represent a certain kind of family that is parasitic on Thai society—the kind of families and institutions that absorb wealth and power—they gradually evolve into a new species of monsters.
Iran, 2022, 19 min, Farsi with English Subtitles, DCP
Nazarbazi [the play of glances] is a film about love and desire in Iranian cinema where depictions of intimacy and touch between women and men are prohibited.
One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean
France / China, 2021, 12 min, English, DCP
One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean reflects on the experience of not being able to see the world with depth perception. Made up of micro- events from “satisfying video” that swarm on the internet, the abstract narrative unfolds through an appropriation way by referring to trance and minimal music.
What Rules The Invisible
USA, 2022, 10 min, English and Cantonese with English Subtitles, DCP
Through archival travelogue footage of Hong Kong and family stories from her mother, Tiffany Sia explores Hong Kong’s tangled colonial histories in What Rules the Invisible. Appropriating and reframing the home movies’ voyeuristic images, the filmmaker finds small disruptions, returned gazes, and the ghostly residue of past resistance left undocumented. (NYFF)
USA, 2021, 20 min, English, DCP
Glass Life is a dynamic configuration of images and video accumulated over the years on the artist’s hard drives. From her studio, the artist uses her computer and various studio set-ups to make sense of her visual archive – and the world outside. Luscious pictures of food, political figures, screen idols, sportswomen, Instagram models, grand artworks, cartoon characters, emojis and self-portraits, among many other images, vie for our attention. A dizzying navigation through our consumerist visual world.