The idea for the documentary "head over heels to China" came during a performance tour through China in the course of the German short film festival. Part of the performance was always a specially prepared projection by Uwe Bastiansen and Hamburg artist Irina Frederich. For 6 weeks musician and performance artist Uwe Bastiansen travelled through the People's Republic of China. At different locations, from village festivals over clubs, art galleries, museums to universities, he ventured his own cultural voyage in more than 20 performances. Interacting with the audience and various artists and musicians was a direct exchange of experiences that was unpredictable and unique.
Chairs being thrown through the crowd,
Plaster cast heads being worked on and destroyed live, shaving foam and other sprays being used for the mobilization of the masses. Banners, shopping bags, feather pillows and various devices otherwise rather to be encountered in the scrap yard were used to provoke reactions in the audience that gave the artist the equally surprising opportunity to improvise. more highlights were spontaneous concerts - at places like Shanghai, Macau, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Shenszen - with local "noise" artists, freejazz musicians as well as classically trained traditional musicians and smashed guitars. there were overnight stays at 5-star hotels, in artist villages and brothels, 10 Watt- sound systems without wiring etc.
A step across the border for both cultures
with an accent on spontaneity. the movie tells of bilateral inspiration and the experience of what "open eyes" truly achieve: understanding. It is not about when and which cultural change took place and how politics related to it but about everyday life. And with each more day of the journey bit by bit the own personal view changes. the trailer to the movie "le piano fatigué", in the meantime translated into Chinese, was also shown. Lectures were held about "modern art and music" at universities and galleries were engaged for restoration works (afterwards). The trailer (composed in quite a hurry) gives a first impression.
the home country is being appraised again.
this movie shall be filmed during a new tour through China and finished in Hamburg. Already finished recordings will be added. The clip/trailer produced with those already edited recordings serves as an example. The documentary shall make it possible for both cultures to participate in these adventures as viewers in the European as well as in the Chinese cinema/television.