In 2016, curators at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF) conducted an exhaustive search for Taiwan’s experimental films of the 1960s, unearthing a striking body of largely forgotten works. Highly innovative and reflective of contemporary Taiwanese politics and culture, the works themselves embody a formal diversity which not only expands canons and challenges the definition of cinema but also sketches the rough edges of a generation’s own sense of modern film. Tonight’s program presents a selection of films from TIDF’s comprehensive series, accompanied by live musical performance by Amma Ateria. Program curated by Emily Chao as part of Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2019 on Tour.
Emily Chao is a filmmaker and independent curator based in the Bay Area. She is from San Jose, California and earned her MFA in Film/Video at the California Institute of the Arts. She co-curates for Light Field, an international exhibition of recent and historical moving image art on celluloid. Her work has screened at CAAMFest, BAMPFA, Asian Film Festival Berlin, REDCAT, the Viennale and more.
Amma Ateria (Jeanie Aprille Tang) is a sound artist, electroacoustic composer and improviser, born in Hong Kong, based in California. Her practice in sound examines the coexistence of polarity in the sonic spectrum. With an immediacy of tension and release through linear progressions and spatialization in space, her performance consist an intention to expand the physicality in the human experience. Her improvisation is navigated by cross-modal synesthetic influences from the contemporary moment. Thus the movements in sound expose her body’s visceral resonance in polar opposites, examining boundaries and brinks of sonic breakage via saturated transitions of stark polarities. With memories of condensed cities, she gravitates to frequencies of close-ranged airplanes, inaudible conversations, out of body experiences, sustained harmonics intersected with musique concrète, synthesized speed of air with various colours of noise, and distorted speech/lost voice as melodic element.