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State of the World

Wang Bing, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Chantal Akerman, Pedro Costa, Vincente Farraz, Ayisha Abraham / PT, 2007 / 105 min.

The state of the world according to six filmmakers, including Chantal Akerman, Wang Bing, Pedro Costa and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Wang Bing’s short film about torture methods used during the Cultural Revolution is one of the finest contributions. Screened to accompany the exhibition around the EYE Art & Film Prize.

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The Brutality Factory is the title of the short film Wang Bing made for this richly textured episode film, and it”s a title that says it all. The compelling footage about the tortures that were carried out in China during the Cultural Revolution will hit the viewer in the face.

The Brutality Factory opens on an image of derelict factories which resembles West of the Tracks, Wang Bing”s best-known documentary. Next the camera takes us inside one of the off-limits factory complexes, where revolutionary guards are torturing a woman to extract information about her husband. This is how Wang evokes the dead – both the perpetrators and the victims.

Filmmaker Wang Bing is the winner of the EYE Art & Film Prize, a prize awarded to an artist whose work explores the interface of art and film.

Details

Director

Wang Bing, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Chantal Akerman, Pedro Costa, Vincente Farraz, Ayisha Abraham

Production year

2007

Country

PT

Original title

State of the World

Length

105 min.

Format

DVD

Part of

Hito Steyerl, Ben Rivers, Wang Bing - EYE Art & Film Prize

The intersection between film and visual art is an important focus of exhibition policy at Eye. To underline this, Eye and the Paddy and Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund launched an annual prize in 2015 to promote new work by an artist/filmmaker who is making an important contribution to this interdisciplinary field.

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Hito Steyerl, Liquidity, Inc. (2014)
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