Previously at the ICA - Films
10 Aug 2018 – 23 Aug 2018
Created entirely from hundreds of hours of downloadable Chinese surveillance footage, Dragonfly Eyes' unsettling fictional narrative tells the story of a young woman who leaves a Buddhist monastery to begin a new life, working in various jobs until she ultimately finds fame online. The synthesised voiceover, written by poet Zhai Yongming, threads together disparate footage — a woman drowning in a canal, a car driving in the rain — as we're confronted with an insightful yet troubling image of contemporary life and the unfeeling technologies that regulate it.
Dragonfly Eyes, Dir. Xu Bing, China, 2017, 81 mins, Chinese with English subtitles