Medium: video and stereo audio; in collaboration with Pak Hei (Alvin) Leung
from:/to: home portrays the sense of nostalgia and adolescence, time of transition between childhood and adulthood. To visualize the dreamlike and playful quality of pure childhood, colorful and childlike imagery with vibrant colors were used, along with bell-like sounds tinkling on top of a harmonious musical texture. These images were shown in different perspectives at various speeds to mimic how children learn through everyday experience, highlighting the magical feeling of imagination and curiosity. Simple and recognizable forms were incorporated to reflect an image of a child chasing joy.
Change is hard but we perpetually ready ourselves for life’s next challenge. The second part shows the idea of navigating and coping at unexpected times. Everything in this transitional stage gradually becomes complex to refer to how we meet new people and old relationships fade out. To accentuate emotional and physical stages of moving and living in another place, shattered and glitched images were repeatedly incorporated with an unsettling musical texture constructed by highly distorted and granularized sounds. Settling into a new change requires all types of adjustments and even causes identity blues.
The last part depicts a drowning of deep thoughts and memories. The pacing of blinking and blowing underwater bubbles, accompanied by a hopeless underwater soundscape, contextualizes and situates the viewer in the spatial location the video is referring to. The viewer is now at the bottom of somewhere dark and unidentifiable looking upward. Adulthood is not only about loneliness but is also an acceptance stage to cope with those emotions. Different values of blue were used to indirectly imply multiple layers in the mind just like the deep sea. Slowly descending into the unknown, one rekindles old relationships through flashbacks.