24 Cinematic Points of View of a Factory Gate in China

24 Cinematic Points of View of a Factory Gate in China

何銳安HO Rui An
  • Singapore
  • Spain
B&W, Colour
  • DCP

24 Cinematic Points of View of a Factory Gate in China


Surveillance footage of factory gates from Chinese companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange is recontextualised through a historical lens, spanning a century of cinematic history to explore the evolution from workers' rights to contemporary capitalism's labour dynamics.

'Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895), by Louis Lumière is often referred to as the first batch of motion pictures ever made. The film shows a vast mass of, mostly female, workers pouring out of the gates of the Lumière Factory. The Lumière siblings chose to film this scene, artist Ho Rui An, argues, because workers being freed from the disciplinary confines of the factory was the perfect way to capture motion, in the physical sense, as well as transformation workers undergo when, shedding their class identity, they leave the factory behind and resume their personal lives. This is because, as Marx put it, the worker "feels at home when he is not working, and when he is working he does not feel at home." Whereas factory gates kept these two worlds separate, the artist finds that current security cameras offer a different perspective, one that allows one a peek into the world inside the gates.' - Tabakalera

Festivals & Awards
2023 SGIFF
2023 Videoex Experimental Film & Video Festival
Director's Profile
HO Rui An

An artist and writer working in the intersections of contemporary art, cinema, performance, and theory. Across the mediums of lecture, essay, and film, his research examines systems of governance in a global age. He has presented projects at the Shanghai Biennale; Bangkok Art Biennale; Gwangju Biennale; Jakarta Biennale; Kochi-Muziris Biennale; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Kunsthalle Wien; Singapore Art Museum; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; and Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan.

2013 Incursion
2014 In-Residence
2014 A Difficulty (Grey)
2018 Shell Revolution
2018 Ultimate Coin Test China High-Speed Rail
2019 Student Bodies
2021 Lining
2023 24 Cinematic Points of View of a Factory Gate in China
Editor|HO Rui An
Sound|Zai TANG
Print Source
HO Rui An|ruianz@gmail.com


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