International Selection

Signal 8

Simon Liu

2019Hong Kong SAR ChinaUnited StatesUnited Kingdom14 minColour

“Simon Liu’s eerie, entrancing portrait of contemporary Hong Kong tracks a series of strange disruptions to the city’s infrastructure. Deceptively tranquil 16mm images of everyday life are accompanied by muffled music cues, ominous radio transmissions, and intimations of an impending hazardous event that may never arrive.” — New York Film Festival, Projections

“Disconnected from the flow of daily life, Simon Liu’s incursion into the alienation of Hong Kong is an enigmatic symphony of the city’s discordance and fury. Something belies the trance cast by this tapestry of 16mm images—is it unrest or is it complacency? Or is it already too late?” — MUBI

“They said a storm is calling this way but we’re still waiting. Lives carry on in Hong Kong as traces of civic upkeep morph into sites of remembrance. Decorative structures mimic nature then occasionally malfunction – transforming common spectacle to warning signs. An exercise in anticipatory energy and a rain song for tomorrow.” — Simon Liu

Simon Liu

Simon Liu is from Hong Kong and now lives in Brooklyn. Liu’s films and 16mm projection performances have shown at festivals and with institutions. He is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and a faculty member at the Cooper Union School of Art. Liu is currently in post-production on his first feature film, Staffordshire Hoard.

  • PRODUCTION : Rachael Lawe (LiuFilmsLiu), Simon Liu
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