Ordos was planned and built for 2 million people, but it's completely deserted. Ordos isn't just a city in Inner Mongolia but a financial bubble of Babylonian proportions; a symbol for our trust in constant growth and our blind belief in the power of money.
In a feat of editing and reflexive intervention, Leslie TAI captures the family drama told by a young Chinese woman's video diaries, all the while reframing our own spectatorship to comment on the blurred line between public and private.
Graffiti illustrates a page of Tunisia's history, before and during the revolution. This short film shows the evolution of a wall under an avalanche of contradictory messages after years of censorship.
In 2014, the students occupied the Taiwanese parliament for 585 hours. With the student's consent, I installed a steel wire rope and a video camera to record the scene on the eve of students' withdrawal. This vanishing ephemeral scenery transforms the chamber into a spectacle soberer or more magnificent than the media spectacle.
On July 24, 2012, ZHU Rikun finds police officers standing outside his hotel room. ZHU is a human rights activist, and he knew he could count on a hostile reception in Jiangxi Province. Other activists have been beaten up here, arrested for no reason and even tortured. The police want to see his ID, but it proves to be more than that.
In 2012 eteam visits Mars and Moon in Pennsylvania. Their approach is documentary, positioning themselves as cultural anthropologists who view the towns as if they were simulated environments on Earth, a training ground for eventual living on the planet Mars and Earth's satellite, the Moon.
What is an individual, if not a blot at the window, in the photo of a building? A point that, after zooming in with a Google-Earth-type programme, would become a blurred-out face like so many others? On the images of his district in northern Madrid, Roberto DELGADO - not seen on screen - talks about himself.
This cinematic composition examines the randomness and distance of the footage shot after the catastrophe in Japan in April 2011. In order to attain a new level of perception by overlapping image and sound and therefore recreating a sensation of being lost in a foreign country under state of emergency.
Here a number of short films, which cannot be easily categorised, are put together. Every one of them is unique; they show people in various situations in the contemporary world and challenge the conventional definition and format of documentary. "Strange" implies a subversive nature and breaking the boundary; it comes across different fields; it's complex and ambiguous. Moreover, it is to question the concept of "reconstructed reality" and aims to stimulate more imagination.