A MODERN FABLE portrays the fun, adventurous life of a happy and well-trained characterChitti who lives in the world of our cultural realm. The animation explores the paradox that lies between shared moral values and the reality of the rapid and systemized urban lives, in which the ever increasing pace and expectations inevitably knock our values off-center. Is it the system, or is it the raw survival instinct embedded in us that keeps us tirelessly spinning the wheel of life?
Sound : Hit & Run by Lim Kwei Siang
'C la vie' is a celebration of life which encompasses both the ups and downs of it. The expression 'C'est la vie' is commonly used worldwide as an expression of the acceptance of fate or the larger aims of the universe.
But this expression also literally means that this is life and therefore focuses on the most important aspects of our existence. The intent of 'C La Vie' here is to explore and express symbolically the contrasts and the many paradoxes of life often illustrated in China through the symbol of Yin and Yang.
This is both a joyful and nostalgic journey in the depth of our origins wherever we are from and transcending culture or ethnicity to come to the core of our origins and the end journey,which can be infinity, nothingness or something else. Along the way, our path is met with the multitude of living things.
All things in life develop along a spiral trajectory - All varieties of shapes and forms that are generated eventually merge into one.
This piece originated with the thought that sometimes one has to slow down to be able to reflect on one’s own life. Lao Ze's writing emphasise that 'slower is faster'. This is alsosymbolised by the writings of Chuang Ze, particularly about his belief that each human soul is associated with the soul of a fish in the ocean. From that point of view, fish are our reflections through the mirror of the seas and the depths of the oceans.
The soundscape created for this piece is reminiscent of both the aquatic world which tends to be soothing and calming and the human urban condition on the other side which tends to increase stress and conflict. Paradoxically time heals most trauma.
This piece is about the acceptance of time as a healer. Overall, the message of the piece is therealisation that we are quite similar to our soul fish and as a mirror, it shows us that maybe there is nothing wrong in just slowing down a little and thinking about the person next to us.
The night view of Kowloon is famous for its natural beauty, its flourishing lights and its busy streets. But it may be hard for the passerby to enjoy the night in a calm way: Although the visually appealing urban landscape is splendid, it is at the same time very disturbing to the ear.
Within this contrast made of visual harmony and chaotic sounds, the swing girl, true and pure to her heart, evades these conflicting stimuli by swinging above vibrant Kowloon.
By doing so, she combines the natural elements of the city such as the sound of the wind, the brightness of the stars, the murmur of the sea and the occasional cracking noise of the trees with the coldness of the hard glass and concrete urban structures. She contemplates the entirecity which peacefully unfolds underneath her in total silence. The swing girl feels safe and happy and could stay there swinging forever.
Sound: Qianxun Chen (Sally)
Everything in life is porous and transient. We balance between the vast array of continuums, between day and night, between light and dark, between east and west, between Sun and Moon.
We’re each parts of different wholes that are parts of a bigger whole, pulsing along together in an unknown stream toward unknown moments.
Sound: Low Rolling Surf 2 by Digifish music
In this animation, the stairs split the space in many layers and levels. The characters in this piece are situated at different levels across the entire building. Just like in real life in which people tend to be isolated from one another. In real life stairs can both separate people or push them to collide.
Stairs act like barriers or catalysts of abstract territories, race, class,culture and everything else which can divide or unite people. Stairs also tend to prompt curiosity… we all wonder what is upstairs… is the grass greener up there?
So we climb the stairs (the social ladder in a way) and walk industriously and persistently in the hope to broaden our horizon, to see a more appealing scenery, to achieve social advancement, or simply because we are afraid to take risks and it seems easy to stay behind the person in front of us… or maybe we just have no clear purpose in climbing the stairs?
Sound : Quiet by Laurent Danis from Jamendo
In Bertrand Russel’s autobiography, he speaks of how his life had been governed by three passions: the longing for love, the search for knowledge and the unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. This made me ponder about how and with what majority of people these days are passionately obsessed with: Money? fame? or physical beauty? I felt terribly embarrassed by the fact that many of these popular obsessions are all about fueling one’s own vanity.
In this line of thought, I created 3 symbols that each represents wisdom (brain), kindness (heart) and health (lung). These are things I believe really deserve to be pursued through our lifetime as they are simple yet meaningful pursuits. I hope these passions could be passed down from one generation to another over and above other passions.
Music by: Xuan Yue