A Tale of Duo Cranes

An essay film about Chineseness
The legend of “the dragon pillar under the Yan'an fly-over” is a practical project of Beiyu’s doctoral project on Chineseness. Based on the legendary story from Shanghai, the artist skillfully architected a tale of twin cranes and the dragon pillar. The story carries out a discussion on the interaction between national memory and individual’s life under in an autobiographical context resembling “A Tale of Two Cities” between Shanghai and London. Based on this, a multi-level narrative space composed of a 10-minute prose image was created. Through English narration and different styles of music, the prose image highlights the urban characteristics of transnational and cross-cultural context.

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    9 minutes 2 seconds
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    June 10, 2021
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    4,000 USD
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Director Biography

My essay film Secret Archives: Red Carpet House (2021) have won the international audience award in the Sixth Art Visuals & Poetry Film Festival, Vienna, 2021; essay film Microdistrict (2022) have screened at Video Art & Experimental Film Festival (VAEFF), New York City, 2022; essay film Three minutes in the Open-Door Apartment (2021) have screened at Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival, Amsterdam, 2022; essay film Secret Archives: White Art Museum (2021) have screeened at 10th International Video Poetry Festival, Athens, 2021 and MicroActs Artist Film Festival, London, 2021; and essay film A Tale of Duo Cranes (2021) have screened at Urban Film Festival, Miami, 2021.

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Director Statement

I am an artist-filmmaker in the final year of my Fine Art Practice PhD programme. My practise research focuses on Chineseness and how it has shaped and changed people's lives in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China. I use the idea as a powerful tool to examine how, on the one hand, governmental policies regulate and control Chinese people’s mindsets , and, on the other, how, due to historical events, Chineseness issues have become traumas impacting multiple generations. The study's focus is the connection between montage and traumas.

I have vast experience using the cultural theory of collage and montage with video shooting, editing, and script writing thanks to my practice-led research PhD. Additionally, collages and montages are important because they offer historically and culturally informed ways to look into issues with identity and a sense of belonging across societies and experiences. My practice utilises collage and montage to give comprise the experiences of urban legends, rumours, and societal gossip. I possess the skills to make a series of juxtaposed video scenes and know how to use them to represent political and cultural metaphors through practise research analysis and utilising collage and montage.