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Artists’ Moving Image Programme: Alien Body, Human Dreams (18*) + ScreenTalk

Queer East Festival

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Centring the body, these films construct their own embodied and multifaceted ways of being.

Alien Body, Human Dreams is a series of cinematic investigations that centre the body as a potent site of hybridity, rejecting false divisions of man/woman, human/animal/alien, and self/other to construct their own embodied and multifaceted ways of being.

Artists in this programme purposefully employ queering as a technique to misread, re-appropriate, and puncture the systems of power projected onto the body. In these works by queer Southeast and East Asian filmmakers, we meet a speculative reality where human body parts are sold in food trucks and witness a dance-fight between a lion dancer and a contemporary dancer. Bodyhacking, ritualising, and ceremonialising is used to knead cosmologies, folding knowledges in upon themselves. 

Programmed by April Lin 林森 

The programme will be followed by a Q&A hosted by curator April Lin 林森 with filmmakers Soojin Chang (BXBY) and Aileen Ye (beast).

Content Warnings:
This programme contains flashing lights.
Please note BXBY contains scenes of a graphic nature which viewers may find distressing. See below for more details.

This is screening as part of Queer East Festival.

Content warning

BXBY contains explicit content, including a close-up of a person using a speculum on themself and inserting a tube into their vagina (in a later scene they inject fluid into their vagina) and the graphic disembowelment and dismembering of a recently killed deer, which is revealed to be pregnant.



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