"Chinese new media artist Yang Yongliang was classically trained in Chinese painting and calligraphy from a very young age but uses digital tools to capture that time-tested aesthetic. Traditional Chinese culture permeates his cutting-edge creative process, using new techniques and software to interpret older forms, like Chinese landscape paintings."
Art concept and Illustrations: Danae Diaz Hand drawn animation: Danae Diaz, Benjamin Karré Computer animation, compositing and editing: Patricia Luna 3D design assistant: Maria Diaz Sound design intro and outro: Lenard Gimpel
I’m really excited Uncle Boonme… is finally screening here at the YBCA on Feb 23rd, a sneak peak engagement. I will likely end up watching it again at the Sundance Kabuki theater (via San Francisco Film Society) the first week of March (4-11) as well.
Although he garnered attention and international acclaim amongst world cinema circles throughout the ’00s, his films were not successes in his home country and have been highly censored by the Thai Censorship Board due to themes deemed inappropriate. The most controversial being a scene where a Buddhist monk was depicted strumming a guitar and two others playing with a flying saucer in Syndromes and a Century.
His films are quite minimal, experimental with structure, and use deliberate pacing. All of them mostly take place in rural settings in Thailand, exhibit beautiful scenery, and deal with themes of transformation and memory. Conceivably an acquired taste, even for foreign film aficionados, but I would highly recommend watching Syndromes and a Century, which I’ve gone back to many times just to hear a mesmerizing piece of Thai folk music in one scene.