Microphone Test: A Letter to Huang Guo-Jun

Hsu Che-yu

Taiwan / B&W / 25’ 18” / In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles
The title is named after the work of Huang Guo-jun, the late Taiwanese writer. Two months before his death, Huang composed a letter which mentioned his intention of suicide in a black-humour style. The contrast between the fictional aspect of work and real aspect of life, which is impossible to differentiate, has been a major focus of my works.
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Finalist Showcase: 17/3 (Fri) | 7pm | Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema | DCP | 222′ | HK$ 65/35* | With after-screening discussion
Co- created by Chen Wan-yin and Hsu Che-yu, Microphone Test: A Letter to Huang Guo-Jun is a video letter to Huang Guo-Jun from Chen’s perspective. Through conversations with Huang’s works created before he died, the letter depicts private family memories of three good friends, and attempts to portray what in fact belongs to Hsu, or perhaps everyone’s memories through the memories of the others. Or perhaps, what is important is not whose memory it is, but the process that memory is being constructed and speculated. Yuan Zhi-jie, Chen
Liang-hui, and Lo Tien-yu went back to where it all happened, and performed in accordance of their memory. Eventually, characters in the video are replaced with animated figures drawn in lines, leaving only the background shot by the camera.