Private Project

Aberdeen, Hong Kong, 7 Days.

Filmed in Aberdeen, the once thriving fishing village of the Southern District of Hong Kong – an area known to most as the original Hong Kong.

The scenes are shot in mid-2019, when it was just prior to the global pandemic, lockdowns in many countries, and the onset of the protests in Hong Kong. The film chronicled the artist’s night strolls and explorations amongst the streets during a week-long work trip.

A year later, the footages was featured as a series of 7 short trailers for web screenings whilst confined at home during the lockdown through 2020 in his home country. Since then, the artist has not returned to Hong Kong.

Now, the trailers are developed as a short film and mixed with experimental editing using a VJ software. Set in a mood and presented as '7 days in a week' with short chapters annotated as Monday to Sunday in Japanese Kanji that still represents a more elemental manner: 月(Moon)、火(Fire)、水(Water)、木(Wood)、金(Metal)、土(Earth)、日(Sun)、in a lucid (of a dream) moment in time when there was a sense of freedom and vibrancy before the virus pandemic and the political gridlock.

*Filmed on Ricoh GR III

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  • Urich Wai-Yuen Lau
    The End of Art Report (Singapore Biennale 2013 Commission)
  • Siyi Peng
    Assisted Editing
  • Urich Wai-Yuen Lau
    The End of Art Report (Singapore Biennale 2013 Commission)
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 21, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Hong Kong
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Tokyo International Short Film Festival
    September 1, 2021
    Singapore Premiere
  • Toronto Indie Filmmakers Festival
    October 1, 2021
  • Japan International Film Festival
    October 4, 2022
    Singapore Premiere
    Award Winner
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Director Biography - Urich Wai-Yuen Lau

Urich Lau, born 1975, is a visual artist, independent curator and art educator based in Singapore. Graduated with a Master of Fine Art from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, he is a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts. He is the founding member of the art collective INTER–MISSION and the studio Hothouse in Singapore.

Focusing in video art, photography and media art, his works have been presented in various countries including Singapore Biennale 2013, VII Tashkent International Biennale of Contemporary Art, the 7th Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, Pyeongchang Biennale 2017, and the Sovereign Asian Art Prize in Hong Kong. He has also presented curatorial projects in video art and media art, including Tainan Art Museum in Taiwan, ArtScience Museum in Singapore, Singapore Art Week, and Total Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea.

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Director Statement

Urich Lau’s practice and research are based on art and technology that engage in conceptual discourses in contemporary art to look at human conditions. Working in film, video art, photography and media art with methodological ways of interactions, interventions and interruptions. the artist examines various subject matter with contextual irony through viewers' perceptions and perspectives on socio-political and cultural interpretations.