118 mins | Ten short films shot in Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, mainland China, and the USA. Exhibited as a multi-screen video installation at the ASEANnale held in the Philippines from 28 February to 2 March 2018. Part of Gutierrez' doctoral dissertation: repository.hkbu.edu.hk/etd_oa/525/
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1. Hong Kong: Study One (00:07, Hong Kong)
Visual and aural environment of Hong Kong taken from the continuum between the human masses to the non-living elements of the life-world.
2. Study Two: Young Filipino-Hongkongers (07:41, Hong Kong)
Portrays the subjectivities of young Filipino-Hongkongers in two parts; namely, direct cinema coverage and shots from interviews on their aspirations.
3. Study Three: Floating Notes (21:32, Japan)
Interplays simultaneous interjections of titles, still photographs and asynchronous sound - all drawn from empirical perceptual experience - to cinematically render the modern condition.
4. Study Four: Resilient Textures (34:46, Vietnam)
Contemplation on the shared patterns and textures between nature and spiritually inspired art.
5. Study Five: 雨 (Rain) (55:03, Hong Kong)
A cinematic meditation on rain, this piece poignantly follows the arrival, presence, departure and aftermath of a storm in the city. Inspired by Regen (Joris Ivens, 1929)
6. Study Six: Return Home (1:09:02, Indonesia & Hong Kong)
Quotidian travel footage interweaving with still shots outside the main route complicate the rational concept of final destination.
7. Study Seven: The Street (1:23:03, Hong Kong)
Simultaneously playing multiple screens highlight the cinematic medium's affinity with movement and – as seen in this panoramic mosaic form – the flow of life.
8. Study Eight: Intercity (1:30:16, Mainland China & USA)
Alternating shots taken from two cities thousands of miles apart and sequenced from the mundane to the transcendent invoke a trance-like unpacking of the essence of city life.
9. Study Nine: Yard Life (1:42:32, USA)
The wind, which is invisible but cinematic, invokes the animated life-world without having to show humans and animals - only their artifacts, which also 'breathe life'.
10. Study Ten: Under the Bridge (1:48:32, USA)
With an evocative piece by Beethoven in the background, this cinematic experience of meaningful formations in nature fosters insight on the ever-expansive life-world in which conceptual rationality is only one of the many elements.