Ellen PAUDiversion 1990

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Produced one year after the June 4th, 1989 incident, Diversion focuses on the immigration flush in Hong Kong. The Victoria Harbor swimming contest scenes of the 1960s by the Hong Kong Government are returned as absurd metaphors and black humor. No special editing equipment is used. The overlaying of images is not done electronically, but produced by recapturing the reflected image from the television screen. By combining footage from various sources – government newsreels of the swimming contests, educational videos on swimming, performance video of the sequence of a burning newspaper goat-head floating down a stairwell – the video is a personal reflection of a collective memory.


About the artist

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.