The film shows a group of food operators wrapped in firmly closed white uniforms. They repeat the same action over and over in front of kitchen worktables. the repetitive and boring procedure distracts them to the extent that their thoughts and feelings.
The film shows a group of food operators wrapped in firmly closed white uniforms. They repeat the same action over and over in front of kitchen worktables. By referring to the cover of meal boxes served in the train since more than seven decades ago, they cut out scenery along the railway from seaweed, thus completing the lunch box-making process. However, time after time, the repetitive and boring procedure distracts them to the extent that their thoughts and feelings are carried away by scenes cut out by their hands and linked with their same memory, which seems to connect to a past historic time-space at the present. Along with the train’s continuous procession, vistas along the way make them temporarily switch to an uncertain time-space.
What the actors do in the film is inspired by actions carried out by females/mothers in the Japanese society. The latter have a performative aspect even though they seem like ordinary labor in the family. The artist turns such ordinary action under collective consciousness into artistic action and discusses relations between art production and ordinary production through labor.
The film was shot in Taiwan Railways’ boxed meal factory in Chi-du. The interviewees include an employee and a supervisor in Taiwan Railways’ kitchen; the latter has started to work there since childhood. The interweaved interview clips and scenes of labor make the two primary axes in the film. This is a documentary depicting individual history, collective memory of labor and today’s production line.
Artist: Hou I Ting
Director: Martin Chen
Writer: Hou I Ting
Producer: Gwyneth Chen
Key cast: Tang Ya Wen, Chan Chen Chia Wei, Chou Ting, Ho Yen Yen
Production company: Dreams Films Company Ltd.
Film type: Short, Experimental
Runtime: 11 minutes 39 seconds
Film color: Black & White and Color
Shooting format: HD, Canon C100
Completion date: April 18, 2017
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