1990, Single-channel video, 5 min 40 sec
Produced after the June 4th incident in Tiananmen Square in 1989, Ellen Pau’s work Diversion offers an alternative view of conditions in Hong Kong during the wave of emigration that the event precipitated. The artist interlaces archival footage from the government Public Records Office’s recording of a swimming race across Victoria Harbour in the 1960s with a series of found images. The transient nature of Hong Kong’s population, and its collective memory during periods of uncertainty, are reflected upon and magnified in the work through the repeated acts of jumping, diving and falling.
Photo courtesy of Videotage and VMAC (Videotage Media Art Collection)