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Video Art • Experimental Film
Selected Work
Human-Cannabis II: ASA

2020

Inspired by the ancient worship of hemp in Japan, ASA (the Japanese pronunciation of hemp) is a memorial of the plant's cultural heritage, enduring spiritual connections and untold histories. [... More]

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House of the Singing Winds

2020

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House of the Singing Winds is a 3-channel video installation inspired by the historic Indiana home and studio of painter Theodore Clement (T.C.) Steele. The environment was captured throughout the seasons in extremely detailed ultra-high-definition video, while the interior movements are recorded exclusively in stop motion animation. 

 
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Jigoku Series

2019

Jigoku is a series of landscape videos of geothermal sites in Kyushu, Japan. In a small town Beppu, selective hot springs are renowned for the dramatic physical appearance and are named Jigoku, a Japanese word for “Hell.” The videos aim to capture the profound spiritual quality of the landscape, while contemplating on the relationship between change and perpetuity in a geological scale. [... More]

 
Behind the Waves

2014-2017

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The video art project “Behind the Waves” (浪後) is based on the foot journey in areas savaged by the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Liou trekked along the coastline in Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate Prefecture in spring 2014. In addition to documenting the entire walk with first person perspective video, the project aims to evoke a sense of resolve and empathy through the views of local volunteers. Horizon is filmed in the hands of 35 local participants. The audio is recorded during their shoots. [... More]

 
Human-Cannabis I: Sonnet 27 (2013) Trailer
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Human-Cannabis I: Sonnet 27

2013

Sonnet 27 is inspired by the scientific research of endocannabinoids, a group of chemicals produced in animal brains similar to the effect of cannabis. They bind to receptors responsible for some of the crucial cognitive functions, including our ability to learn, to control emotions and to mitigate traumatic memories. The video installation hints on the prehistorical contact between human and cannabis. [... More]

 
Kora

2011-2012

Liou's pilgrimage to Mount Kailash, a Tibetan mountain that is sacred in four world religions. The quest was a search for sanctuary following the death of his young daughter Vivian from leukemia in 2007. [... More]

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Feast and Metamorphosis

2010

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The Insatiable is composited from a dozen footages filmed at an open night market. The visual strategy adopts a fusion of microscopic and macroscopic perspectives. The streetlights and mingling walkers are transformed into bodies of massive creatures, bearing resemblance to snakes, dragons, or even huge intestines. [... More]