Can you imagine how children would react if they were in anguish and unable to flee or fight? Their brains may initiate a process to "digitalize" their hosts, alienating them from their ideas, emotions, and memories. The hosts then develop apathy and numbness, which ensures their survival throughout the recurrent torture. This is not the plot of a science fiction story, but a genuine experience of a victim of domestic violence. Her traumatic childhood experience has left her with childhood PTSD and depersonalization disorder, making her feel as if she is living in a computer game where she can only view herself from afar. The film's montage sequences implicitly revealed her suppressed memories and emotions as well as her desire for salvation.
刘畅是一名活跃在扩展现实叙事，装置艺术和实验电影领域的新媒体艺术家。在香港城市大学攻读艺术硕士期间，她致力于研究通过实验性叙事来增强人们对自我和他人的同情心的可能性。《旁观者》这部由她创作的实验电影向观众呈现了一个承受着创伤后应激障碍以及解离人格症的家庭暴力幸存者的内心世界。这部作品获得了斯图加特冬季电影节的全球文化奖，也被2019年的ifva电影节评选为了决赛作品。目前，她作为一名城市大学的博士学者持续地进行着社会科学的研究和艺术创作。她目前的研究重点是将现有的同情治疗法的治疗方式与创意的扩展现实叙事相结合来提高同情治疗法的普及率和治疗效果。这个作品的互动虚拟现实版本会在展览期间在Viveport上发布，它与HTC Vive、HTV Vive Pro、Oculus Rift和Oculus Rift S兼容。
Liu Chang is a new media artist who is active in the field of Extended Reality (VR/AR) narrative, installation art, and experimental film. Throughout her MFA study at the City University of Hong Kong, she was dedicated to investigating the possibility of enhancing people’s compassion for self and others through experimental narratives. “Bystander”, an experimental film created by her, revealed the inner world of a child abuse survivor who suffered from childhood PTSD and depersonalization disorder. “Bystander” won the global culture prize at the Stuttgart film winter festival and was included in IFVA 2019 as the finalist. Currently, she is pursuing her research and artistic creation at CityU as a Ph.D. student. Her current research focuses on strengthening the accessibility and efficiency of compassion focus therapy by integrating the existing therapeutic strategies with creative extended reality narratives. The interactive Virtual Reality version of this work is accessible at Viveport during the exhibition period, which is compatible with HTC Vive, HTV Vive Pro, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Rift S.
SHIU KA HENG
邝霏飞 / 赵浩权
JOEL KWONG / EDWARD CHIU