-The Memories of Tomorrow I
These series focus on how Hollywood cinema from 1950 onwards depicts the “Orient”, particularly in relation to Hong Kong, whilst how this notion and fantasized representations have functioned in the process of identity formation of the depicted cities, regions, and ethnic groups. Based on British novels, films such as The World of Suzie Wong (1960) demonstrate an early yet significant phase of how Hong Kong was interpreted, constructed, and delivered to worldwide audiences. From 1980 onwards, cinematic depictions of the “Orient” are combined with a futuristic imagery, starting from the growing influence of cyberpunk and anime culture. In the series, I use various materials to generate uncanny scenarios, in an attempt to question these processes of representation formation. While there is often an interrelated yet paradoxical relationship between the spectators and those who are being depicted within this process.