September 1, 2008

Response to Xu Dawei’s “The Balance#1?

Xu Dawei’s “The Balance#1? piece was masterfully crafted. He did a beautiful job using desolate music to portray emptiness and isolation. The incorporation of black and white film in combination with the blurred images was also added to the feeling of isolation. The bleak sound of the bird was also very elegant. The screen layout changes throughout the film keep the viewer engaged. The duality of the free bird flying around and the caged bird was moving because it compared two birds. It was just chance that one would be caged. The pollution at the end that the free bird was exposed to makes one think maybe being free is not so good.