Medium: Digital Drawing, Digital Collage, Sound
Size: 00:02:06
In Collaboration with: Chang Liu, Music Producer

onNodeFocus was selected for the specified category of the Around International Film Festival ARFF International // Berlin Monthly Edition and was involved in the long list of 40 of UK Film Festival - London. The work also won the Honorable Mention of ARFF International 2021 Season.

‘My lively memory of the city is frozen in the late summer of 2014.

I was born in a coastal city in the northeast of China. After years of growing up here, I left it. My born city has gradually become a symbol to me, with the highlights of my earlier life buried there. Some moments with people, views of places, and appearance of structures are still quite clear, but everything just like has been thrown into the mist, as time is passing. My impression of the city continues to grow. The deviations and gaps between my imagination and the city in authentic reports become unique, mysterious, and charming. The content of that place experienced replacement, abandonment and rebirth.’

onNodeFocus explores six sites and related events of my birthplace. From the perspective of either an inhabitant or a bystander, the narrative lets audiences peek into the facts, emergencies, rumours, creations, and reconstructions that happened in Dalian, reflecting on the resources and information transfer in places. This film uses monochromatic drawing and frame-by-frame animation to make sequential statements and imaginations of place, and to a large extent eliminates my emotions that could be triggered by colour.

The city is my city, and the city in my mind.