Ana (Chung-I) Yu (Taiwan)
Interview: 10 questions
1. Tell me something about your life and the educational background
What makes my creation interesting is the relationship between myself and my feeling with people. The distinct time, space, surroundings and memory expressed in this creation may have come from the memory of my childhood life experience abroad, far distant from my birthplace, Taiwan. When I was a child my father was the Deputy chief in charge of the “Taiwan Technical Mission” Because of this, my family moved to Uruguay, South America to assist the country’s agricultural development. My father died on duty during the mission, and my mother suffered mental illness, thus we moved back to Taiwan
I suppose you could say that this is a special childhood memory. Perhaps this is why my creation focuses mostly on the conversation between myself and my surroundings or the reactions of thought. The reactions and movement of the body is often used to show personal intentions and the relationship between surroundings. This creation starts from the senses of the body, and uses different kinds of media, for example, photography, videotape to capture the object, to project the inner senses of the object, starting from a personal view to show a sense of a mutual and non mutual experience.
2. When, how and why started you filming?
My creations started from the year 2000, using the feeling and senses of the body, awaiting the state where art can return back to the body. That is often a kind of special state, a cycle and an extension of life. Thus the use of the body as the theme, and pieces of an extended body as the media of the creative expression. The main content of the creation focuses on the body and the link between the senses of psychological, environment, time, sociological world, from the beginning where all is simply expresses with movement and performance then extending to the recent movements and performances that are hidden behind the image, to make the image the last media of expression.
3. What kind of subjects have your films?
Most of my works are related with my dream, life and body, include performance art, Conscious Body, Video Act and Media Art.
4. How do you develop your films, do you follow certain principles, styles etc?
I usually create the work to my instincts, and the feelings around my life.
5. Tell me something about the technical equipment you use.
DV、computer、camera(includes digital camera) and my own body
6. What are the chances of new media for the genre film/video in general and you personally?
I think the main point of the creation is about the thoughts of it, media is one option, and I believe it will have another chances for me to explore and develop in the future, I still try my best to do that.
7. How do you finance your films?
There is no sponsor of my creation.
Welcome for all the corporations to support my projects in the future.
8. Do you work individually as a video artist/film maker or do you work in a team? if you have experience in both, what is the difference, what do you prefer?
Most of my creations are worked individually, but I will hire a photographer or ask my friend to help me when I use my own body to do the creation. In my earlier period of creation, I also create in a team, and now it will depend on what kind of creation I want to do.
To working individual, I can think clearly without disturbing, and work in a team can inspire many different ideas.
9. Who or what has a lasting influence on your film/video making?
Getting married I think is the biggest thing to influence me lately.
In East world, female artist need to do the sacrifice between family and art, so I have to insist what I want to do, to keep creating.
10. What are your future plans or dreams as a film/video maker?
Many plans and dreams I what to do, and I want to do more creation before I died, to left the greatest works for the people who love my creaitons.