Simon Liu, July 16 (Tentative)


Tentatively rescheduled for July 16
Artist in pre-recorded discussion with Tiffany Sia
Co-presented by Speculative Place
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In solidarity with Black Lives Matter and ongoing protests, Screen Slate and the participating artists have decided to postpone this screening with Simon Liu & Tiffany Sia. Our energy and actions should focus on the movement at this critical time.

The program was scheduled to take place on June 4, an important date for Hong Kong. This will be the first year since 1989 that people are not able to gather in Tiananmen Square for the vigil in commemoration with the students of Beijing due to a government/police ban.

In lieu of the screening, which will follow at a later point, Simon & Tiffany encourage you to observe a moment of silence and hear a text from Liu Xiaobo, the late poet and one of the student leaders in the Tiananmen protests.

Donate to the Hong Kong to NYC Mask Fund for activists.

About the artist

Simon Liu is a film artist whose work centers on building a lyrical catalogue of the rapidly evolving inner and outer landscapes of his place of origin in Hong Kong through alternative documentary forms, abstract diary films, multi-channel video installations and 16mm projection performances. These films act as a storage mechanism which offer potential re-examinations of the city’s history and Liu's shifting notions of selfhood as a person of Chinese/English decent who was born in a former British colony. An upcoming solo-presentation of Liu’s work will take place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of their ongoing Modern Mondays series. Liu’s films and performances have shown at the New York Film Festival: Projections, International Film Festival Rotterdam: Tiger Short Competition, Toronto International Film Festival: Wavelengths, Sundance Film Festival, New Directors / New Films at MoMA & Film at Lincoln Center, British Film Institute, M+ Museum, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Cinéma du Réel at the Centre Pompidou, Light Industry, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Yale University, and “Dreamlands: Expanded” with the Whitney Museum of American Art & Microscope Gallery. Liu is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, a teacher at the Cooper Union School of Art, and a member Negativeland; an artist-run film lab in Brooklyn. Liu is currently in post-production on his first feature film, Staffordshire Hoard.

About Tiffany Sia

Tiffany Sia is an artist, independent film producer and founder of Speculative Place. Tiffany is the author of 咸濕 Salty Wet, a series of anti-travelogues on distance and desire within and without Hong Kong. The first volume was published as a chapbook in 2019 by Inpatient Press. 咸濕 Salty Wet is in Tai Kwun Contemporary's Artists' Book Library collection and Asia Art Archive as part of the collection of print materials made in response to the Anti-Extradition Bill protests. Tiffany is the Executive Producer of Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer's feature-length film Empty Metal (2018), as well as Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil's forthcoming documentary feature, Ancestors in the Archives.

Co-presented by Speculative Place

Speculative Place is an independent project space in Hong Kong hosting residents working on film, writing and art, connecting a geographically-dispersed community of new voices.