SANDY DING: PSYCHOECHO

Sandy Ding is an experimental filmmaker who lives and works in Beijing, China. He graduated from CalArts in 2007 and started teaching in China Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2008. As a modern proponent of the postwar American "trance film" he produced psycho-active films with the idea of combining ritual processes in both projection and sound. His work is centered on energy patterns, telling mysteries through abstractions or powerful symbolic elements. He is equally interested in live performance of theater projections, installations and live noise music in order to enlarge the concept of experimental film. This DVD edition entitled PSYCHOECHO brings together (including the bonus tracks), 7 moving image works that the filmmaker created in the United States, and later China, as well as an original “noise music” piece. This DVD is accompanied by a booklet that provides extensive insight into the artist’s concept of pyscho-active films.

 

“At a certain point in my art life, I found out the secret. Art is not only about the visual, it’s not just what looks nice: it’s an indescribable spirit, or relations of energies akin to a spiritual mystery. This includes your tools, your medium, yourself, the way you shoot it, the time you shoot, the place you shoot it in, the people you work with and the subject matter: all of the tools for making it in a spiritual sense. So I try to make my Bolex a spiritual tool, like shamans using their sticks, or witches using their wands. My wand is my Bolex. It’s my magic tool to cast my magic into the Bolex. Eventually I want to make a recorded strip of spells that works spiritually for the audience…

In sound…there is one kind of music that is specifically for monks or for people doing rituals. This kind of music is psychoactive; if you listen to it, you’re automatically in a hypnosis or hypnosis state. The image works in the same way. If you look at certain images, it gives this hypnosis-like state of being, going into a trance; that’s what I want. In my film, I want people to get into those states. It’s called psychoactive image with psychoactive sound. That makes people think about things in different perspectives, rather than in normal ways.”

– Sandy Ding

 
 
 
 
 

  Contents

Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)

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PSYCHOECHO
(US, 2006-2014)

Director: Sandy Ding

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MANCOON
(US, 2007)

• 10 minutes
• 16mm
• Color
• Silent

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WATER SPELL
(US, 2006-2007)

• 42 minutes
• 16mm
• Color
• Sound

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PRISMS
(China, 2012)

• 20 minutes
• 16mm
• Color
• Sound

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DREAM ENCLOSURE
(China, 2011-2014)

• 18 minutes
• 16mm & Digital
• B&W
• Sound

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THE RADIO WAVE BENEATH THE DIRT ICE AND FLOWERS
(US, 2006)

• 10 minutes
• 35mm
• B&W
• Silent

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 Bonus Material

RIVER IN THE CASTLE
(China/Croatia, 2016)

• 4 minutes
• 16mm
• B&W
• Silent

Original noise music: “Peacock and Ocean Erosion” by Liquid Palace
(China, 2016)

• 28 min

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Total Running Time: 02:12:00

Booklet Text: Sandy Ding, Anna Charrière & Yangqiao Lou (English)

Published By: Re:Voir Video

Institutional Price: $250 (plus shipping)

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