Red Threads (我很爱你)
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Red Threads (我很爱你)

13 mins | China, United States | 2022

Director: Yuchi Ma
Producer: Aina Feng
Premiere Status: US Premiere
Screenwriter: Yuchi Ma
Cinematographer: Max Retik
Cast: Susan Kai Lin
Release Year: 2022
Language: Chinese (Mandarin),English
Country: China, United States
Genre: Female Director, Experimental

Initially inspired by the Tang dynasty poem Song of the Wanderer and Red Threads as lines of fate in Chinese culture, the artist utilizes a combination of Live-action Cinema, Sims 4 Machinima, Browser/Webcam framing, and Sewing to perform a filial ritual by building a simulation of 1) her American, 2) her Chinese and 3) her Chinese American experience. Looking to the screen not as a portal but as an interface, the artist reaches across game space to manifest her own belonging. The Parachute kid experience is akin to a life-simulation game manufactured by the U.S government and institutions with substantial economic incentives that, in turn, help US educational institutions run. Existing as “psychologically nowhere,” Sims 4 brings the artist’s Parachute experience into a true state of being “psychologically everywhere.” Meanwhile, the layers of the artist’s “self” become increasingly entangled.