Float Down the Stream
4'48'' | HD, sound | 2020

The film begins with the artist's own walk through the streets of Katendrecht in Rotterdam during the pandemic, wandering between the scenes of port, water, the history of Dutch Chinese immigrants and global trade logistics with an ghostly perspective. In the film, the artist juxtaposing the landscapes of a nameless port along the Yangtze River in his hometown and the port of Rotterdam, which this two places are linked to the starting and ending ports of the China’s “Belt and Road Initiative” respectively. The narrative seems to be a metaphor for 'mobility' in the post-epidemic era, with the relentless global flow of capital, technology and viruses on the one hand, and the fate of individuals and the 'past' suspended and forgotten in the context of mobility on the other.

© Bao Dachen