A video still featuing an elevator in a corporate lobby

Hu Liwei, "Elevator," 2017-2019; installation view; single channel video; 11 minutes in loop.

Hu Liwei

Film/Video/New Media
Artist in Residence, 2022
Artist in Residence, 2020

A portrait of a person against a light background.

Artist Statement

Working with moving images, my work investigates the inexorable development of urban history  and the enormous societal changes, relationship with nature, and collective memories caused by technology. I combine observation with a range of methods such as material exploration, diaristic structure, re-enactment, and structuralist strategy to dissolve borders between avant-garde film, documentary, and landscape study. My video seeks to meditate on historical, industrial, and social dynamics in those transformation processes through questioning and experimenting with current moving image making methods.

While at Headlands

While at Headlands, I will develop a new film exploring situations where late capitalism comes across latent animism, culminating in the fear that the interviewee’s soul might be stolen by the camera.