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Film still, The White Stone (2021)

Digital Film
When the rocket lifts off, her body falls.

For centuries, humans have built worlds and cities on top of the ruins of the old ones. Now, we are entering an age where civilization is building a world at the highest point from the planet's surface, the lower Earth orbit.

In this film, we postulate a future history of rocket debris abandonment and recovery through a “hunt” for abandoned rocket debris in remote areas. The protagonist sets off across valleys and villages and into the desert in the southwest of China in a search for the debris of rockets fallen since the 1990s. She may find one, or she may never. She wonders what it would be like to be the first person to see this stone, to hear the rumblings from the sky, to shake by shivering land. Or perhaps it would come quietly, waking no one but alarmed animals. Either way, it falls as back into sleep. 

In this story, the white stone is the fallen body of a rocket. 

Shifting our gaze from the sky back to the ground, we reexamine the life span of technologies, marking the terrestrial death of an extraterrestrial object.

 The White Stone 

Digital Video 
Sound and Color 

The Sarira Journey I

70 x 47cm
Digital Photography, Archival Inkjet Print
Location: FAST, astronomical observatory in the Dawodang Depression, Guizhou

Photograph: Jiani Wang

The Sarira Journey II

70 x 47cm
Digital Photography, Archival Inkjet Print 
Location: Yaoshang Village, Guizhou
Photograph: Xin Liu

The Sarira Journey III

47 x 70cm
Digital Photography, Archival Inkjet Print 
Location: Jiu Quan, Gansu
Photograph: Jiani Wang

Behind The Scene
The trip took three months in 2021. The team travelled through four provinces in western China: Jiangsu, Qinghai, Guizhou and Yunan. We never knew whether it was possible to find any debris, as they are rare and often collected by government officials within 24 hours after the fall.  It was also during the COVID pandemic when travelling was intensely restricted.  I am deeply grateful for my talented, dedicated crew, for the support from Aranya Art Center and curator Iris Long, and for the breathtaking sunrise every day in the desert during our trip that reminds me of home.

导演 Director: 刘昕 Xin LIU
概念 Concept: 刘昕 Xin LIU
制片 Producer: 王佳妮 Wang Jiani
摄影指导 Director of Photography: 张楠 Zhang Nan
摄影 Camera Operator: 沈咪 Shen Mi; 夏昊 Xia Hao
摄影助理 Photography Assistant: 吴澄宇 Wu Chengyu
剪辑 Editor: 姬京璐 Ji Jinglu
调色 Colorist: 姬京璐 Ji Jinglu
编曲 Composer: 施金豆 LANE SHI OTAYONII
混音 Sound Mixer: Zoe Zai
舞蹈编导 Choreographer: 东妮尔 NiNi Dongnier
舞蹈演员 Dancer: 李嘉益 Li Jiayi; 傅语涵 Fu Yuhan
场务 Set Coordinator: 李宏 Li Hong
后期助理 Post-production Assistant: 范泽坤 Fan Zekun