Private Project

Video Conference: The Institutional Use of Lighting and the Absence of Colour

Video Conference: The Institutional Use of Lighting and the Absence of Colour was first presented as an experimental video art installation with dual projections in the Taipei Zhongshan Hall in the capital city of Taiwan. It was commissioned and created for the visual art exhibition Alohomora Chimera (喀邁拉如律令) in 2020 by Taiwanese curator, Patrice Chou.

The new cut, short film feature (completed in 2021) shows 2 principal characters (a nameless female and male duo) who are seen roaming and lingering within the Taipei Zhongshan Hall, with the building as the ‘3rd character’ that constantly reverberates ambient noises and murmurs in the deserted corridors, stairways, foyers and rooms.

The female and male characters would each speak interchangeably in Japanese and Mandarin, in an exchange of monologues that are appropriated from 11 articles in the Treaty of Shimonoseki (traditional Chinese: 下關條約、in Japanese: Shimonoseki Jōyaku、下関条約). It is also known as Treaty of Bakan (traditional Chinese: 馬關條約、in Japanese: Bakan Jōyaku、馬関条約).

The script is fictionalised as ‘lovers’ exchanges’ from the original articles in the Treaty that are dramatised as affectionate messages. The forlorn couple repeatedly missed each other on divided timelines in the common scenes, while recited non-reciprocally and interchangeably in Mandarin and Japanese.

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  • Urich Wai-Yuen Lau
    Director
    The End of Art Report (Singapore Biennale 2013 Commission)
  • Urich Wai-Yuen Lau
    Writer
    The End of Art Report (Singapore Biennale 2013 Commission)
  • Urich Wai-Yuen Lau
    Producer
    The End of Art Report (Singapore Biennale 2013 Commission)
  • Yi-Ju Chen
    Key Cast
  • Chia-Hsiang Chang
    Key Cast
  • Urich Wai-Yuen Lau
    Editing and Sound Design
    The End of Art Report (Singapore Biennale 2013 Commission)
  • Tat Wee Koh
    Camera and Sound
  • Yi-Ju Chen
    Mandarin Translation
  • Rei Hayama
    Japanese Translation
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 6 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 7, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Singapore
  • Country of Filming:
    Taiwan
  • Language:
    Japanese, Mandarin Chinese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Alohomora Chimera 喀邁拉如律令
    Taipei
    Taiwan
    May 8, 2020
Director Biography - Urich Wai-Yuen Lau

Urich Lau, born 1975, is a visual artist, independent curator and art educator based in Singapore. Focusing in video art, photography and media art, he has presented works in Singapore and internationally. Graduated with a Master of Fine Art from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2004, he is a lecturer at LASALLE College of the Arts. He is also the founding member of the art collective INTER–MISSION and the studio Hothouse.

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The artist’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 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.