{If your bait can sing the wild one will come} Like Shadows Through Leaves by the Migrant Ecologies Project: Oberhausen ISFF International Competition 2021 Official Selection

Lucy Davis (Director), Zai Tang, Ya Ting Kee, Daniel Hui (Editor)

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formFilmSolo art productionpeer-review

Abstract

Oberhausen ISFilm Festival is the both oldest and one of the top five experimental short film festivals in the world. International competition major winners have Oscar accreditation. {if your bait can sing the wild one will come}Like Shadows Through Leaves, by The Migrant Ecologies ProjectConceptualized by Lucy Davis, together with: Sound Designer, Zai Tang; Cinematographer & Editor, Kee Ya Ting. Editor, Daniel Hui & Design Studio Crop Singapore. This film is one part of a long-term engagement with Tanglin Halt, one of Singapore’s oldest social housing estates, which runs alongside a former railway track. The railway was owned by the Malaysian state until 2011, meaning that a ten-meter-wide zone of indeterminate-governance ran through the heart of Singapore for fifty years, playing host to a fecundity of more-than-human activities. Ornithologists have observed 105 species of birds in this patch. However, the land along the tracks is being repurposed as green corridor park through a new biotech and media hub. Once-famous modern housing blocks are being demolished and low-income residents relocated elsewhere. Unofficial tree shrines, community farms and gathering places have been cleared. Our repeated returns to this contested site aim to trace remaining fragments of calls, echoes, shadows memories and transformative encounters that still animate this zone, like shadows through leaves.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGermany
Edition67 festival
Media of outputFilm
Size28 minutes
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Mar 2021
MoE publication typeF1 Published independent work of art
EventInternational Short Film Festival Oberhausen - Oberhausen, Germany
Duration: 1 May 202110 May 2021
Conference number: 67
https://www.kurzfilmtage.de/en/

Keywords

  • naturecultures
  • Birds
  • Shadows
  • Contact zones
  • Urban Memory
  • Sound art

Field of art

  • Film

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