Things Wong Kar-Wai Taught Me About Love and Other Things

Interactive installation inspired by the movies of Hong Kong filmmaker, Wong Kar-Wai

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Things Wong Kar-Wai Taught Me About Love and Other Things is an interactive installation incorporating performance, animation, and poetry, inspired by the movies of Hong Kong filmmaker, Wong Kar-Wai. Featured in the exhibition are the poems of Melbourne-based poet, Ken Chau.

They are performed by multidisciplinary artist Roshelle Fong and brought to life by animation artists Helen He and Christie Widiarto. Sound editing by Paxus Productions. The installation will take you into the world of Wong Kar-Wai, filled with colour, light, and reflections on love and longing.

Ken Chau is a poet living in Melbourne, Australia. His collections are Possible Lyrics for Chinese and Western Pop Songs (Bendigo Publishing, 2015) – winner of the Vox Bendigo Fyffe Prize in 2015 – and 15 More Chinese Silences (Blank Rune Press, 2020). Forthcoming is Poetry is a Tartar Experience (Dolmen House Press, 2022) by Ken Chau/Michael Clarke. He is Chief Editor for online journal Unbroken (prose poetry) and Editor for Unlost (found poetry and art) for Ambidextrous Bloodhound Press. Ken’s poems were featured recently in Ruthless World, a psychedelic spoken word and projection art performance during the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2021.

Christie Widiarto is a Melbourne-based artist and researcher who produces multimedia works including animation, projection, installation, and street art. Her work reflects her Chinese Indonesian background and her love of storytelling. In 2013, she also was the Talking Difference Fellow at the Immigration Museum addressing race-based discrimination. Christie’s films have been screened in festivals across Asia, North and South America, and Europe.

Roshelle Fong is a Hong Kong Australian multidisciplinary artist who wrote, directed and produced the Melbourne Fringe award-winning immersive show nomnomnom (2018) adapted in Iceland, Shanghai and Sydney, and Ruthless World (2021). In 2020 Roshelle wrote and performed in the live-streamed interactive show Thirsty! for Griffin Theatre’s ‘Griffin Lock-in’ and Google Creative Lab’s ‘Theatre, made for the internet’. She was also in Democracy in Colour’s Create Change Fellowship and co-created an anti-racism card game for schools ‘Zoophobia’. Her interactive theatre show Poona (Next Wave Festival) co-written with Keziah Warner premiered at the Museum of Chinese Australian History. She is an alumni of Melbourne Theatre Company’s Women in Theatre Program 2019 and Malthouse Theatre’s Besen Family Artist’s Program 2018.

Helen He is a freelance visual designer and illustrator from New Zealand, currently based in Melbourne, Australia.  In 2018, she graduated with a Bachelor of Film and Television (Animation) at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University.  Since then, she has worked in visual development, background and character design and digital illustration for clients such as Unlisted, Redboat, Beige Technologies, Hydro Tasmania and Melbourne University.

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