Opening Night | Spectrum


World Premiere
China, 2016

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.


N39º54′ 12.56″ E116º23′ 14.20″

World Premiere
China, 2015

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.

Friday, October 14 • 7:30 pm @ UCLA Film & Television Archive
Followed by Tharlo 塔洛