In dialogue with Mike HJ Chang
30 AUGUST 2017, WED / 8:00PM / 90 MIN

New Waves: Emerging Voices of Southeast Asian Cinema
New Waves shines a spotlight on young filmmakers who are making waves through the archipelago, forming an emerging community within Southeast Asia. Join them in a series of dialogues with Singaporean artists, writers and curators from different disciplines, as they recollect their entrance into cinema, their unique and personal approaches to utilising film as a mode of expression, and its convergence with other art forms and everyday life. Come participate in these open dialogue sessions to find out more about this emerging community of filmmakers in anticipation of the 28th edition of the Singapore International Film Festival end-2017.

New Waves is a programme by the Singapore International Film Festival, with Programme Partner *SCAPE.

Jerrold Chong • Headless Dimensions: Skewered Relations with Time and Space
In dialogue with Mike HJ Chang
Jerrold Chong's practice in stop-motion animation explores the proximity between reality and imagination as it ponders upon the philosophical puzzles that lay within. Like solving rubik's cube, he twists our perceptions of humanity with an elegance that bridges the two dimensions, in its bid to illuminate the emotional fractures of beings searching for reconciliation.

Jerrold will be joined by sculptor Mike HJ Chang in a dialogue that will delve into the visceral nature of their craft to explore the intersections between both mediums. As they walk us through their processes and utilisations of abstraction and metaphor to deconstruct and express subjective human experiences, they uncover uncanny relationships with time and space, and a curious approach to heads as the central axis of our existences.

Short Film Screening:
  • Ways of Seeing (Dir: Jerrold Chong / Singapore / 2015 / 5min / Rating: PG)
  • Eclipse (Dir: Jerrold Chong / Singapore / 2016 / 6min / Rating: PG)

Director / animator Jerrold Chong graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Animation at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). An avid lover of cinema, he is fascinated by the power of animations as medium for exploring truths beyond the surface of reality. His works are often driven by a desire to explore the complexities of human relationships, and also offer him an escape from the mundanities of everyday life.

His films have screened at numerous international film festivals, including the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol, Animatricks Animation Festival in Helsinki, Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo and Bucheon International Animation Festival in Korea. In 2015, his film Nascent was awarded the Best Animation Award at Singapore Short Film Awards (SSFA). He also participated in the SGIFF Southeast Asian Film Lab in 2016, with the project Ten Dollars, and dreams of writing and directing a feature film in the future.

Mike HJ Chang is a Taiwanese American artist and educator in fine arts. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts. Autobiographical information always serves as the basis for narrative exploration in Chang's work. Recent projects such as Arrival Reception, and Welcome Door Mat, shows the way he idiosyncratically combines architecture, furniture, and text to focus on the notion of transient identity in a space where the public and the private intersect, such as a place between his bedroom door. Collectively, though, his work examines the interplay and relationship between The Clean, which is a quiet, orderly state, and The Generic, which is an empty state that is devoid of ego and memory.

Over the years, Chang's work has produced varying effects and receptions. While it has been received with humour, other times it is poignant, or even self-righteous in its own prerogative. His portfolio has gone on public display in prominent art spaces such as the Cham Hampe Galleries, Gillman Barracks, Goodman Art Centre, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore, Port Tumasik, Post-Museum, Sculpture Square, The Substation, and Yeo Workshop in Singapore since 2011.

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