Signal 8

Simon Liu

IndieLisboa 2020 •

Hong Kong SAR China, Documentary, Experimental, 2019, 14′

The city of Hong Kong is waiting for a dangerous hazardous event, caused by exponential growth, that may never arrive. Liu’s tapestry of 16mm images reflects this dissonant urban symphony, alternating moments of alienations and natural elements.

Slices of city life, mechanical rhythms and flickering shadows make up the specular portraits of Simon Liu. Now, the plasticity of his 16mm camera (which sometimes blurs the images, sometimes reveals them in the porosity of analogue film, in a slow motion – creating poetic visual cadences), is accompanied by a sound composition that accentuates the human circulation in Hong Kong and the incommunicability in a metropolis. “Signal 8” discovers its political unrest in the picturesque dimension of a territory. (Ricardo Vieira Lisboa)