Video Letters

Video Letters 1-3

Yau Ching / 1993 / 11min / Chinese and English Subtitles

Invited to screen in Berlin Underground, Alexanderplatz Station; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; White Plains Cable TV 34, New York, among others.

“Because I have always been on the move, departing a city and waking up in another country, I find myself writing letters all the time — to people I miss, people I met on the road, people I look forward to meeting… When I grew tired of words (which happened very often), I began writing them in video. Since I was traveling, writing letters in unknown lands, I also had very limited access to technology. I write my video letters with Fisher Price Pixelvision, Super-8, and Hi-8. When I could not find editing facilities I edited them with the camera. They became records of my desires desperately in need of an outlet… When shown in public, they re-invent new meanings in different contexts. They become letters to anyone who can relate to them.” — Yau Ching

1 1’48’’

2 (or, call me an essentialist) 3’20’’

3 Why would a letter have a title? 5’20’’

References

Expired Memories, [Reload_HK] Video Shorts Screening@Cattle Depot Unit 15, 30/06/2017-29/07/2017

Taiwan Women Film’s Association Database: Video Letters

Taiwan Women Film’s Association Database: Video Letters #1-3

Distribution

V Tape

Electronic Arts Intermix

Still from VIDEO LETTER 3