The first Virtual Reality project by a Hong Kong filmmaker to be premiered at the Venice International Film Festival!
The Virtual Reality (VR) project, Chroma 11, co-produced by Hong Kong Arts Centre ifva and Hong Kong filmmaker Tsang Tsui-Shan to be premiered at the 79th Venice International Film Festival 2022 as the first Hong Kong VR project being officially selected!
‘Could love transcend life and death?’ Previously directed Big Blue Lake and The Lady Improper, Chroma 11 is the extension of Tsang Tsui-Shan’s dance documentary film Ward 11 which won her the Silver Award (Open Category) at the 25th ifva festival. The work documented the love story of dance artist Ix Wong Thien-pau and Aaron Khek Ah-hock. Witnessing how death separated loved ones, Tsang wishes to use video and technologies to bring the couple back and let Ix and Aaron dance together once more. With the help of VR, Tsang reconstructed the dance of the artist duo, bringing back the intimate moments of companionship. Arranging a reunion for the departed soul and the alive, where they could dance with each other between the space of virtual and reality.
Chroma 11 is about life and death, homosexuality/ LGBTQIA+, illness and isolation, addressing these philosophical yet realistic topics. Apart from questioning the boundary between real and virtual, the work reflects on the relationship between art and technology.
Chroma 11 has been selected for the Biennale College Cinema (Virtual Reality) in 2020. At the time, the producer and festival director of ifva, Kattie Fan, and filmmaker Tsang Tsui-shan travelled to Venice and participated in the programmes
organized by the Biennale College, learning how to adopt VR technology in art making. Hong Kong Arts Centre has always been supporting the local moving images, its flagship programme ifva established itself as a platform to unite the independent film and media arts talents based in Hong Kong and Asia. Constantly promoting and supporting local creative talents to experiment with different mediums and technologies in moving images.
The 79th Venice International Film Festival - Venice Immersive
Period: 31/8–10/9, 2022
Time: Every day from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Location: Isola del Lazzaretto Vecchio (VR Immersive Island)
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Chroma 11 Creative Team
Director: Tsang Tsui-Shan
Choreographer: Ix Wong Thien-pau
Performer: Ix Wong Thien-pau, Aaron Khek Ah-hock
Producer: Kattie Fan, Teresa Kwong
Creative Technologist: Lam Chi-fai
Art Director – VR Production: Iv Chan
Installation Designer: Kate Lau
Sound Designer and Mixing: Benny Chan
Composer and Sound Designer: Eunice Martins