Director: Xinyi Zhu Country: China, USA Genre: Animation Runtime: 6 m Block G Screening: TT Cinema 22.08 Time: 7-8.15pm
Currents is a digital animation, shifting through the uncontrollable time scales along with the locations and eras. The main character gets lost in places, lost in times, and lost in realities. He sinks into the water as descending into the uncontrollable realities, an unstable state of perception in which one seems to be more than oneself, and more than one place at the same time. The sense of instability becomes increasingly visible because of the quickly changing world. We identify multiple realities, such as an individual and his/her avatar on the internet, physical existence and legal existence, objects and its numbers in a bank. The sense of separation between one and oneself is enlarging. For better or worse, the process of constant relocating ourselves produces both anxiety and ecstasy.
Xinyi Zhu studied at Shanghai Jiaotong University in the field of visual communication and then film, video, new media and animation at the BFA School of Art Institute of Chicago. Currents, 2018 is her debut film.