Many Undulating Things (film still)

Film still from “Many Undulating Things”

Film
Sundays for Hong Kong II

Many Undulating Things

USA/HK/KOR 2019, digital
Directed by Bo Wang, Pan Lu

German premiere

Dear Audience, It is with great regret that we have to inform you that the event has to be cancelled due to the current developments connected with the spreading of the Corona virus.

  • 125 min
  • In English, Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles

Past Dates

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Bo Wang.

Colonial air, native plants, botanic empire, segregation, entrepôt, steel-and-glass, shopping malls, memories, laissez-faire, ghost houses, speculation... many undulating things. The social and urban transformation of Hong Kong is at the centre of this poetic documentary, which examines the relationships between landscape, nature, urbanisation and society.

The film begins and ends in a shopping centre in Hong Kong. We carefully observe the smooth movement of the escalators, the constant flow of people that never stops, the musical fountain that presides over the centre of the internal courtyard, as if this gigantic complex could concentrate the circulation of the entire city, or even, the entire country. From there, it will be more a tale about concrete, enormous port warehouses, glazed galleries built for universal exhibitions, overpopulated tower blocks, the fragments of still recent colonialism. “Many Undulating Things” questions the role of cities in the globalized capitalist system.

Bo Wang is an artist and filmmaker based between the Netherlands and China. At his undergraduate, he studied physics and mathematics at Tsinghua University, Beijing, where he also got his Master's in cosmology. He later studied at School of Visual Arts in New York and received his MFA in photography, video and related media. As an artist, his works have been exhibited internationally, including venues like Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art in New York, Garage Museum in Moscow, Rotterdam Film Festival in the Netherlands, Visions du Réel in Switzerland, Image Forum Festival in Tokyo, Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art in Yekaterinburg, DMZ Docs in South Korea, CPH:DOX in Copenhagen, Times Museum in Guangzhou, BOZAR in Brussels, among many others. He received a fellowship from the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in 2013, and was an artist-in-residency at ACC-Rijksakademie 2017-2018 as well as NTU CCA in 2016.

Pan Lu is Assistant Professor at Department of Chinese Culture, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She was visiting scholar and visiting fellow at the Technical University of Berlin (2008 and 2009), the Harvard-Yenching Institute (2011-2012), researcher in residence at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (2016) and visiting scholar at Taipei National University of the Arts (2018). Pan is author of two monographs: In-Visible Palimpsest: Memory, Space and Modernity in Berlin and Shanghai (Bern: Peter Lang, 2016) and Aestheticizing Public Space: Street Visual Politics in East Asian Cities (Bristol: Intellect, 2015). She translated Über das Neue by Boris Groys into Chinese (2018, Chongqing University Press). Her films, co-directed with Bo Wang, include Traces of an Invisible City (2016), Miasma, Plants and Export Paintings (2017), which received Award for Excellence, 32nd Image Forum Festival, Tokyo, Japan, and Many Undulating Things (2019). She was one of the curators of Kuandu Biennale, Taipei, 2018.