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Single File

by Simon Liu
Italy, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United States, 2023, sound, 11’
Presented at the 16th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte, 2023
Produced by Lo schermo dell’arte in collaboration with the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci with the support of the VISIO Production Fund.
Cinematography and editing by Simon Liu.
Sound and music by LiuSeeLiu
Executive producer: Rachael Lawe
Creative producer: Leonardo Bigazzi
In the wake of cataclysmic regional change in the artist’s homeland of Hong Kong, Simon Liu’s new Cinema-Strobo-Scopic film features a laborious sequence of analogue darkroom practices and dense shrouds of video processing techniques which actively work to both conceal and reappraise approaches to personal expression in the face of censorship. Times ahead and behind collide – a new linearity is in need of; the glittering lore of the way things were, generations lost to resolution errors. Sifting through new realities of misinformation, digital consciousness, and cultural disappearance, Single File seeks new lexicons of civil disobedience through formal experimentation.
Simon Liu (1987, Hong Kong. Lives and works between New York, Hong Kong, and Stoke-On-Trent). His works have been featured in international film festivals and museums, including Berlinale, Toronto International Film Festival, IFFR Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, M+ Museum (Hong Kong), and in screening programs dedicated to him at MoMA as part of the Modern Mondays series.
Selected Filmography
2020 Happy Valley; 2020 Force ; 2019 E-Ticket; 2018 Fallen Arches; 2018 Star Ferry; 2019 Signal 8; 2017 Cluster Click City Sundays; 2017 Highview; 2016 Harbour City; 2016 Sneyd Green; 2015 Donkey Riding; 2015 Shuffle Cove; 2014 Afternoon In; 2012 Ditchwork; 2009 Flyer Boy