Linda LAI

 
Linda LAI  (2014), video still, courtesy of the artist, special thanks to  Videotage

Linda LAI (2014), video still, courtesy of the artist, special thanks to Videotage

 

Doors Medley

2014, SD video, 16:9, silent, 7’

A game of montage art, Doors Medley is a re-mix of two existing works of mine–Door Game (2005, 26’) and Door Games Window Frames (2012, 11’30’’) –which explores visual mannerisms and formulaic structures of film melodrama of the 1960s in Hong Kong. Doors Medley specifically highlights gender paradigms embedded in popular culture. From an anthropological viewpoint, we have created drama and we have also reenacted the drama we create. Popular cultural texts fine-tune specific courses of events with narrative logic, which we fervently imitate to act out our daily roles. Isolated narrative fragments, as they are subject to free combination, reveal their hidden predispositions.

–Artist Statement

 

Linda LAI

Born in Hong Kong; lives and works in Hong Kong

Linda LAI has a Ph.D. in Cinema Studies (NYU), is currently Associate Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, and Program Leader for the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media. She is a Hong Kong-based interdisciplinary artist and curator, and founded the new media art group The Writing Machine Collective in 2004. Her works have a strong concern for language and narrativity, grounded in a feminist sensibility that integrates critical theory, film theories and visual ethnography.