Director: Gu Changwei 顾长卫
MOV | color | approx. 3 min.
Gu plays visual puns with the exclamation point icon warning internet users in China of blocked content. “!” repetitively cycles into “i” and back again.
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Director/Cinematographer: Gu Changwei 顾长卫
MOV | b&w | approx. 16 min.
In recent years, award-winning director (Peacock, 2005) and cinematographer (Farewell My Concubine, 1993) Gu Changwei has turned to art photography and video installation. In this transfixing iPhone-shot video from his “money” series, the Great Hall of the People stands as immovable an edifice in Tiananmen Square as it does etched on the Chinese 100 RMB banknote – a permanent lodestar while human and vehicular traffic ebb and flow in super slo-mo before it. An earlier version of the video was presented as an installation at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing.
In person: Gu Changwei, in conversation with art curator John Kong
This program is presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.