Ellen PAUFor Some Reasons 2003
The video is the exploration of writing and drawing, a comparative study on image and text. It was commissioned by the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture for Video Essay-Works of a Cross-disciplinary Creative Project. For Some Reasons starts with the exploration of the figure of speech. Every Chinese character is a face; each face has a story. Put the faces together you end up having another story. As a reaction on public demonstrations the title of the work copies a phrase that has been deliberately used by Hong Kong government officials, when talking about the recently issued national security laws in China's Special Administration Zone. The text of the story responds to the new controversially discussed Article 23, mixing with the hot topics of Hong Kong People. The pictures are made up of animated still frame pictures that resemble the Chinese still frame character.
Ellen Pau was born in Hong Kong and enrolled as a student of radiography at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1982. She is a rediographer by profession, but being a professional radiologist didnot fulfil her creative obsessions with video art and media art. In 1984 Pau made her first film Glove, asuper-8mm artwork, which was screened internationally. She has since worked as an MTV director, cinematographer, video artist, curator, educator and arts administrator. Pau began her international career in 1995 at the Kwangiu Biennale in Korea curated by Kim Hon-Yee and Nam-June Paik. She is the co-founder and artistic director for the media art organization Videotage and has served as a member and curator of the organizing committee for the Microwave International Media Art Festival, Hong Kong since 1996. Pau teaches part-time at The University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts in addition to be a full-time medical image technologist. Pau is an advisor to the HK Museum of Art, the HK Arts Development Council and a number of festivals. She has exhibited in exhibitions including One World Exposition by Videotage and the Input/Output Gallery Relocation exhibition.