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SEAFF III | The Lost Sound

Inspired by the poem ‘On Ç’ by Hiromi Itō, a woman looks at the matrilineal inheritance of linguistic tones in her family, mourning the parts of languages that become extinct through semantic evolution.

Steffie Yee is a mixed media animator and illustrator based in Sydney.

“What appeals to me about the poem ‘On Ç’ is Hiromi Itō’s sensibility in describing how the evolution of language and culture has impacted her. It seems that her experience with ‘forgotten’ dialects is very common among the Asian community and it is something that I can relate to on a personal level and have expressed through ‘The Lost Sound’.”

SEAFF III | Living in the Past

Living in the past re-animates stereoscopic images of Melbourne from the 1920s. Technically the film makes a statement about how each new iteration of moving image technology reclaims artifacts and gestures from the past. Such an archeology enables the viewer to approach these images in new ways. Further, just as the image has become unstable so have our beliefs. Living in the Past recycles Jethro Tull’s lyrics to indicate that we no longer understand the political situation we live in.

Dirk de Bruyn is Associate Professor of Screen and Design at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. His experimental film work and performances have screened internationally over the last 40 years, with retrospectives at Punto Y Raya and Melbourne International Animation Festivals in 2016.