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Blink of an Eye: Beijing’s Urbanisation on Film (15*) + ScreenTalk

A hand holds a photograph showing a child in uniform standing in Tiananmen Square. Both the earlier photo and person holding the image are stood in the same location.

A selection of short documentary and experimental films that trace urban construction and development in Beijing and its surrounding areas across five decades.

Beijing has faced the Chinese government’s demands for modernisation and development over the decades. What has the rapid urbanization over the past 50 years meant for the lives of its people? Has this vision of the city, which is supposed to serve its residents, instead threatened their living spaces?

The programme includes films which immerse us in years of social collective memory from Beijing residents, a document of the last moments of an artist village, a split screen depiction of the city’s central axis and an experimental art video set in the newly constructed Beijing satellite city (Xiong'an New Area).

Curated by Chongjin Gan and Yutong Yu.

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