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Wuhan Punk

by Chris Zhongtian Yuan
2020, 12’01’’
Presented at the 16th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte, 2023
Film part of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images 12th edizione, 2023
Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella. Courtesy of the artist
The Chinese city of Wuhan is evoked through a voice-over that recalls characters and events: from the story of a missing former member of the punk group Si Dou Le to the Autonomous Youth Center, from the anarchic, illegal performance venues to the epic flood of 1998. Between drone footage and computer-generated imagery, the mythologized industrial city appears to glow in a post-apocalyptic smog. Commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella.
Chris Zhongtian Yuan (1988, China. Lives and works in London). Through sound and storytelling, Yuan’s practice investigates the ways in which spaces of absence and exile are politicized. By recomposing vernacular sonic and spatial materials, he explores narratives and politics that simultaneously build and dismantle our everyday spaces.
After receiving a Diploma from the Architectural Association (London) and a BA in Architecture from the University of Minnesota, he is currently a PhD candidate at Kingston School of Art (London).
Recent exhibitions and screenings include: International Film Festival Rotterdam; Whitechapel Gallery (London); Somerset House (London); Today Art Museum (Beijing); Venice Architecture Biennale – Greek Pavilion; Surplus Space (Wuhan); Power Station of Art (Shanghai); Videoex (Zurich); Reading International; Macalline Art Center (Beijing); V.O Curations (London); 1815, K11 (Wuhan); OCAT Institute (Beijing).