Film and Video
2009, video, 7 minutes
Featuring Lu Yu reading from
Records of the Historian
by Sima Qian (ca. 92 BCE)
— Developed in association with
The Museum of Chinese in America's Chinatown Film Project
Calligraphic images of paint on skin, which the filmmaker traces on her own body, are intercut with details of New York′s Chinatown. Meanwhile, a classic Chinese story, about a clever messenger and a treasured piece of jade, emerges in passing from the ambient sounds heard on Chinatown's streets.
BREATHING TWICE is a portrait of a specific place, and also a study of line - line as drawing, painting and writing, and line in relation to language. BREATHING TWICE also looks at less visible lines, especially the elusive, disappearing lines that may, or may not, divide one cultural frame of reference from another.
This piece unfolds in two languages, so the experience is different depending on whether the viewer speaks English, Chinese, or both.