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The Fading Piece - Stop motion animation installation, 20mins loop, 2014

This is a duo stop-motion animation. On the right, it shows a diminishing pastel, while the left reveals the development of a line-drawing on the landscape, simultaneously, line by line. It is based on a photo named Kwun Tong Town Centre from Wikipedia, which no longer looks the same due to urban renewal program. In this work, I restrict the role of the animator, as the length of the animation is solely based on the consumption of the pastel. It also reveals my engagement with time via the process of the consumption of the pastel.

Substances and energy are unceasingly circulating. A stop-motion animation in the virtual world is formed when the pastel in reality transformed into the scenery (Kwun Tong) on the paper, simultaneously, line by line.
The animation is the recorder as well as the carrier of the energy. I spent half a year to make this animation. Every stroke I drew, I had to record the drawing and also the pastel. I repeated around 14,000 times to finish it. I tried to highlight the process of the creation of animation and this is a long meditative process of making it happen.

"Compression – Disintegration, Expansion – Merging. The repetition of the videos becomes a mantra showing how fleeting our actions are. Drawing – the first medium humans have been used to express themselves. Lau Ching-wa impressively demonstrates with her work The Fading Piece that this medium has lost none of its topically and relevance."
Harald Kraemer the 20th Incubator for Film & Visual Media in Asia (ifva), 2015


消失之中- 定格動畫裝置, 20分鐘循環播放, 2014

這是一個雙視頻的定格動畫作品。右面的動畫是一枝不斷變小的粉彩畫筆,左面的動畫則看到觀塘市中心的繪線畫逐線成形,兩邊視頻同步發生。現實中,左邊視頻的動畫是由右邊視頻的畫筆繪製而成。這作品源自維基百科上一幅名為觀塘市中心的的照片,但現實中的觀塘因著市區重建經已面目全非。創作時我限制了動畫師的角色,因為動畫的長度完全受制於粉彩畫筆的消耗,而透過其消耗過程亦反映我投放的時間。

物質與能量永無休止地流傳。當現實世界的粉彩畫筆轉化成紙上的景色(觀塘),逐線成形、同步發生之際,便構成了虛擬世界裡的定格動畫。動畫作品記錄和盛載著能量。我花了半年時間創作這部動畫。我畫的每一筆,都需要記錄圖畫和畫筆變化,總共重複了14,000次才完成。我嘗試凸顯動畫的創作過程,這個作品能夠成事其實也是一個漫長的思考過程。

"壓縮-分解。擴張-合併。片中重重複複的內容就像真言一樣,讓人感到一己的行為是如此朝生暮死。繪畫是人類最早用來表達自己的媒體,劉清華在《消失之中》漂亮地示範了這種媒介在今時今日仍能引起話題,仍然適合。"
Harald Kraemer , 第二十屆 ifva 獨立短片及影像媒體節, 2015