Sisi Lu (North of X) is a multi award winning digital artist. His latest project ‘The Age of Digital / Analogue’ explores the relationship between man, machine and landscape. Sisi and his team are travelling across the UK capturing 5k cinematic quality visuals and sounds of the UK’s industrial machinery and landscape, from textile, print and car manufacturing to steam engines and power stations. This will culminate in a live cinematic performance. Sisi will perform the film by mixing his original hip hop / electronic sounds and cinematic visuals live on stage. The sounds are inspired – and in part made – by the sounds of the machines.
The Age of Digital / Analogue examines how Britain’s industrial past has shaped its landscape – both cultural and physical, and that whilst we live ever more frequently in ‘digital space’, this remains inextricably bound to the analogue structures that underpin it. The work aims to create a sense of perspective and rootedness in a time when information is fleeting and viral.
We are currently mid-way through production, but you can help us reach the finish line by pledging absolutely anything to The Age of Digital / Analogue Kickstarter campaign. Please share the page and spread the word!
Watch a short clip from the 'camera section' of 'The Age of Digital / Analogue' - now online.
From Inner Mongolia to Glasgow to London
Sisi grew up next to a huge modern power station in Inner Mongolia and its overpowering presence influenced him from an early age. This led to a fascination with the sounds of machines, and the role they play in our society.
Sisi arrived in the UK 7 years ago to study at the Glasgow School of Art. When he arrived in Glasgow it was a culture shock, he was struck by the differences between a country like China that is experiencing rapid economic expansion today, and a country like the UK with so much history - an industrial era that spans centuries; “it gave me a new angle on how I see the world”.
Awards / Experience
Whilst a student Sisi created a short film which won the Gold World medal in the short film low budget category at the 2011 New York Festivals.
The film was showcased at a number of international festivals and received hundreds of thousands of views across Vimeo, Youtube and Youku. Sisi was also featured as One to watch in Creative Review's Graduate Special 2011 (Top Five Graduates). Most recently he has directed and composed the music for Haizhen Wang’s 2013 closing show at London and Shanghai fashion week and in 2014 was the visual / sound designer on the BBC documentary ‘Facing up to Mackintosh. In 2013 Sisi was awarded a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship to develop the Age of Digital / Analogue.
The journey so far…
The Sky Academy Arts Scholarship allowed Sisi to bring together a team and they travelled 3,000 miles across Scotland, filming in the New Lanark, Glasgow School of Arts, Edinburgh’s Nuclear Power Station and then Kempton Steam Museum. The Scholarship has sustained the project so far and built momentum - with Sky Arts producing and broadcasting a short documentary about the project. We are now raising money to complete the final filming trip and post production. The live performance will be ready in late 2015.
How your money will be spent…
With your help we can finish the production and maintain the high standards achieved so far. For our Kickstarter campaign we are aiming to raise £6,000 - but realistically we need to aim for more. We require £20,000 in order to complete the final stage of filming and subsequent post production to the highest possible quality. To achieve this, we have a range of fundraising activities planned.
This January / February, we plan to complete the final filming trip – capturing the sounds and visuals used in car production, data centres and the landscape across England. We can’t do this however, without your help. The £6,000 will go towards absolute essential elements – the hiring of the 5K camera and lighting equipment (which we've secured at a discounted rate) to enable us to capture the visuals in stunning quality.
If we are successful with our kickstarter campaign The Age of Digital / Analogue will be ready to be staged from the Summer 2015. Any additional money raised through kickstarter will go towards filming archive material and post production costs.
•Director of Photography: Si Shen
•Designer: Su Liang
•Documentary filmmaker: Hu tu
Producer: Stamp-House - Freya Murray (Director of Stamp-House - experienced project leader and arts producer) and Shihui Weng (Associate Producer for National Theatre of Scotland and Cultural Advisor - China, for Creative Scotland)
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk we face is not raising the funds, which determines whether or not we can complete the final filming stage for the project. So far, we have been reliant on many favours from industry professionals and ideally, we would love to be able to pay all the crew members who have contributed. However, if funds were not raised we would still complete the project just not to the scale we are intending if funds are raised.
We are in talks with a number of venues and festivals across the UK and we are confident the performance will be staged in 2015. However, there is always a risk that venues may push back the performance meaning The Age of Digital / Analogue would not be performed until 2016. We believe this to be highly unlikely and this to be a small risk but we will keep you, our supporters, updated and make sure those of you who are receiving tickets to the performance have the dates as far in advance of possible and most importantly have a choice of dates to choose from.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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