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Frames of Representation: Dragonfly Eyes + Q&A

Frames of Representation: Dragonfly Eyes + Q&A

24 Apr 2018

 …a melodramatic story meant to be a commentary on privacy and violence. - Variety

This screening is a UK premiere

Join us for a Q&A with director Xu Bing following the screening, hosted by Tony Rayns, filmmaker, critic and festival programmer with a special interest in East Asian cinema

All across China, surveillance cameras are tracking citizens as they go about their lives. Compiling diverse fragments of actual CCTV footage, Chinese artist Xu Bing constructs an unsettling fictional narrative about a young woman who leaves a Buddhist monastery to begin a new life, working in various jobs until she ultimately finds fame online.

With a voiceover that threads together disparate fragments, the film confronts us with an insightful yet troubling image of contemporary life and the technologies which regulate it. Instead of focusing on any single character, its concern is the texture of the present: how the spaces in which we live and come to know ourselves are framed, increasingly, by the gaze of others.

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To learn more about Frames of Representation (FoR) 2018, please download the FoR booklet here [PDF]

Dragonfly Eyes 蜻蜓之眼 Official Trailer (English and Chinese subtitles)

Dragonfly Eyes, dir. Xu Bing, China 2017, 81 mins, Chinese with English subtitles

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All FoR screenings, talks and workshops are free to ICA Red Members.

FoR18 Trailer Final

Frames of Representation (FoR): New Visions for Cinema 2018 is presented in academic partnership with CHASE (Consortium for the Arts and Humanities South-East England)

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