Xinyiwood

Lin Shih Chieh/24 min/2015/Chinese/Documentary

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FFD – IFI/LIP | THU 09 DEC | 16.00

Synopsis

Xinyiwood adalah puisi yang ditulis oleh penyair Cina, Wang Wei, di abad ke-8. Puisi ini menggambarkan mekarnya bunga cempaka putih yang tidak berlangsung lama di sebuah gunung. Di Chinatown, Los Angeles, tidak jauh dari Hollywood, sebuah bioskop Cina dan bisnis hiburannya pernah makmur di awal tahun 90-an. Kini, gedung bioskop itu telantar, yang tersisa hanyalah nostalgia. Dengan menyandingkan suara dari film lama dengan ruang kosong, arwah sinematiknya pun hadir lagi.

Xinyiwood is a poem written by the Chinese poet, Wang Wei, in the 8th century. The poem depicts the unseen ephemeral existence of the blossom of magnolia flowers in the mountain. In Los Angeles’ Chinatown, a place not far from Hollywood, the Chinese cinema and the entertainment business were once prosperous until the early 90s. Now the movie theater is abandoned, what remains is the feeling of nostalgia. By juxtaposing the sound from the old movie with the empty space, the cinematic ghost is therefore summoned (edited from: aaiff).

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Director

Lin Shih-Chieh, lahir di Taiwan, adalah seorang seniman dan pembuat film yang tinggal di Los Angeles dan Taipei. Ia mendapatkan gelar MFA jurusan Film dan Video di California Institute of the Arts. Karya-karyanya berfokus pada tema keterkaitan antara media, memori, dan sejarah dalam konteks pascakolonial. Ia memanfaatkan penyandingan suara dan gambar untuk menafsirkan ulang kemungkinan dari citraan tersebut. Karya terbarunya, A Short History of Decay, telah memenangkan penghargaan film eksperimental terbaik dan desain musik terbaik di Golden Harvest Awards, Taiwan 2015.

Lin Shih-Chieh, born in Taiwan, is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles and Taipei. He earned his MFA in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts. His works focus on the theme of the interrelationship among media, memories, and histories in the postcolonial context, utilizing the juxtaposition of sound and image to re-interpret the possibility of the imagery. His recent work A Short History of Decay has won the best experimental film and the best music design in Golden Harvest Awards, Taiwan, 2015 (source: aaiff).