Writing the Time Lag 時差書寫
Experimental documentary, 70 mins.
The film has 2016 (20mins pilot), 2019 (70mins), and 2021(70mins) versions. Each year, artist Lee Tzu-Tung continues to re-edit the video clips they collected during their field research, to reflect and critic upon the change in Taiwan's political narratives over the years, writing the time lag through the cinema-form.
♔ 2023 exhibit at MIT Museum.
♔ 2022 selected in MIT Transmedia Storytelling Initiative.
♔ 2021 exhibit at ANTART, Lisbon Univerisity.
♔ 2019 exhibit at <Sensefield>, Bopiliao, Taipei.
♔ 2019 exhibit at <Why Did You Come to Taiwan>, MOCA Taipei, Taiwan.
♔ 2017 exhibit at Cepo' Art Center, Hualien, Taiwan.
♔ 2016 exhibit at Gene Siskel Theater, Chicago, USA.
♔ 2014 Won Experimental Film fund from Taiwan National Culture and Arts Foundation
✎ 2022 <Striving for a Distorted Voice”: Landscapes Narrated by A Yao and Queer Reflections in “Writing the Time Lag> at ARTTouch by Huang Jin-In.
Eager to answer Taiwan's national-related memories, Tzu-Tung Lee decided to make an experimental documentary on Taiwan politics in 2014. During years of field research, they worked in two Taiwan major parties, organized considerable gender and indigenous movements, attended UN meetings, edited a bilingual political magazine, and even pass into PRC's party members' reunion… to know each aspect of politics.
The experience sums up the making of <Writing the Time Lag>. It introduced female and queer Indigenous activists who struggled and were suppressed in the process of Taiwan's democratization. The film promotes creative, participatory environments between filmmakers, interviewees, and the audience, as spectatorship often represents the power dynamic between colonizers and colonized communities. Therefore, the interviewees direct the film crew or the shots for their sequences. Subtitles were strategically placed to emphasize the spectatorship, etc.
The video clips collected are being re-edited each year, to reflect and critic upon the change in political narratives over the years, Writing the Time Lag so far has three iterations. Tzu-Tung Lee treated filmmaking as a performative writing process, writing the time lag through the cinema form.
**The film is completed by a female and non-binary-based film crew, and all the 50mm shots are directed or operated by the interviewees.
For the latest 2021 version, please contact artist Lee Tzu-Tung.