Grants Awarded2014 | Film, Video, & Photography | United States
to support a journey to New York City to conduct research on filmmaking, attend a wide variety of exhibitions and performances, study animation techniques, and meet other artists
Yebizu Image Festival is a unique festival that aims to reconsider the issue of how to inherit the development of the media and the media from the past to the present and the future, to repeatedly conduct dialogue, to become a place to share widely. Tokyo, the first photograph exhibition held after the renewal opening of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, will use the entire Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography as the main venue again and add connections with the areas deepened during the closing and further enhancement.
Throughout the summer at OCAT Personal Space is dedicated to the work of the young Beijing-based animation artist Lei Lei, and to the premiere of his latest moving image project Coming Soon. A feature-length animation, Coming Soon is the result of five years of hard work beginning in 2012. This stunning hand-crafted work of moving image takes its narrative from the life-story of Lei Lei’s grandfather Lei Ting. Combining drawing, collage, archival film and photos as well as footage of Lei Lei’s grandfather, Coming Soon is a remarkable feat of research and imagination, as the artist explores a complex historic era through the eyes of his generation and his own singular perspective. Both Lei Ting and Lei Lei’s father, Lei Jiaqi, were involved in this animation’s production, which lends the piece a subtle intimacy and great emotional force.
In Chinese filmmaker, and ACC alumnus, Lei Lei’s first feature, the director’s mother speaks in voiceover about her parents, the trials and tribulations of her youth, Maoist China, and violent dreams of animals fueled by late nights in front of the television. Accompanying these recollections, which drift across the soundtrack, are anonymous still and moving images, found footage, and repurposed photographs, occasionally made to skip, stutter, or slow through analog animation techniques. As memories weave through material evidence of the past, ruptures emerge in the film’s construction, calling upon the mind’s eye to fill in the gaps of history.