Submission by Lin Li

Submission by Lin Li to Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin 2022

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VESTIGES OF HOME
A city has undergone such political changes that many of its citizens have to leave, and feel that they could no longer return. To them, their home city that they grew up in is no more than vestiges of memories which are slowly fading away.
TEATIME!
An expressive composition (piano, tenor saxophone and sampled kitchen sounds) by Rachel Beckles Willson gave rise to a visual narrative around an animated teacup created by Lin Li. Starting with the cup struggling to turn the right side up and ending with an unusual cup of tea, TEATIME! symbolizes the resistance (with a hint of regret) against the traditional gender role and subjugation experienced by many women, particularly those of the older generations.
BE WATER, BE LIGHT is an audiovisual poem which touches on recent civil disobedience movements that employed tactics and gestures inspired by water and light – movements which have been subject to unrelenting suppression, leaving us with the question: who will still have the courage to be water and light?
(“Be water” was a tactic adopted by protesters in the social movements in Hong Kong in 2019. The tactic has subsequently been followed by protesters in other parts of the world.)

Biography

Originally from Hong Kong, Lin Li is now settled in Scotland. In the last ten years, she has been using sound and moving image in her creative practice. Her work includes short meditative videos which explore concepts such as ‘peace’ and ‘resistance’, or ‘transience’ being an existential essence. She has also made works with particular interests on marginal voices.

Filmography

  • Vestiges of home (2021, 1 min)
  • Beyond silence (2021, 1 min 30 sec)
  • Between hands and faces (2021, 2 min 57 sec)
  • Improvised bodies (2021, a series of videos from 1 min to 5 min)
  • Unwept tears (2021, 5 min)
  • Be water, be light (2021, 6 min 27 sec)
  • Teatime! (2021, 5 min 56 sec)
  • Alida’s gift (2020, 2 min 35 sec)
  • lost (2021, 7 min 34 sec)
  • Round and round (2020, 1 min 40 sec)
  • March into April (2020, 14 min 15 sec)
  • Witnessing peace (2020, 1 min)
  • You cannot remember your mother’s voice (2020, 3 min 53 sec)
  • A Mixture of Notes: Remembering Stuart Campbell (1949-2018)  (2019, 1 hour)
  • Three one second videos on the theme ‘Humans vs Nature’ (2019, 1 sec)
  • ‘I am so tired’
  • The Last Companion (2019, 31 min 40 sec)
  • Four minutes and beyond (2018, 4 min 30 sec)
  • European voices in Edinburgh (2018, 39 min 58 sec)
  • Swika and its home (2018, 19 min 10 sec)
  • MO摩ROC洛CO哥 (2018, 11 min 57 sec)
  • Vanishing point (2018, 5 min 3 sec)
  • Hundun (2016, 2 min 54 sec)
  • Here and there (2016, 3 min)
  • Appearance (2016, 8 min 18 sec)
  • Arrested cycles (2015, 10 min)
  • Shadows (2015, 1 min 47 sec)
  • Above us, the sky (2015, 39 min 10 sec)
  • Prelude Perhaps Postscript (2014/2015, 9 min 42 sec)
  • Imaginary time (2014, 4 min 38 sec)
  • Fragments of peace (2014, 15 min 14 sec)
  • Day by day by day (2013/2018, 2 min 20 sec)
  • imagine (2013,  2 min 35 sec)
  • Silence, when I enter it, is gone (2013, 4 min)
  • It begins with roots (2013, 10 min)
  • Rounded with a sleep (2012 , 1 min)
  • Overwhelmed (2012, 1 min)
  • 59783 (2012, 3 min 36 sec)
  • Roaming (2012, 3 min 51 sec)
  • So near so far (2012 , 4 min 33 sec)
  • Where words trap the mind (2012 , 7 min 26 sec)
  • Tomorrow (2011, 6 min 46 sec)
  • Cocooned (2011, 2 min 27sec)
  • Oh where, tell me where (2011, 1 min 57 sec)
  • Samsara (2011, 1 min 38 sec)
  • Drifting (2011, 3 min 57 sec)

Screenings

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