Sight Leak

Peng Zuqiang

2022 | 00:12:15 | China | Chinese | B&W | Stereo | 4:3 | Film

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: LGBTQ, Philosophy, Travel

The moon, the sometimes dark street, trees, it's warm […] at last, a certain eroticism possible (that of the warm night).” When Roland Barthes visited China in 1973, he jotted down some notes that would become part of his Travels in China (Carnets du voyage en Chine), an underplot of desire in his imagination of the country. Barthes did not publish these writings during his lifetime, and his unsettling judgments about China are refracted in Peng Zuqiang's work Sight Leak, as fragments of dialogues on class and looking, responding to the reflections on the same matters elicited alongside Barthes' sense of eroticism. The local tourist in the film travels through different spaces and gatherings, seemingly never looking at anyone, yet silently looking at someone, turning towards a certain collectivity in spite of a foreign homoerotic gaze. Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles. 

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Prizes + Awards

Dialog Prize, European Media Art Festival No.36, 2023

Olhar Award for Best Film, International Short Film competition, Olhar de Cinema, 2023



Exhibitions + Festivals

Kino Süd, Basel Social Club, Basel, CH, 2023

The Difficult Art of Taking a Walk, CCA Berlin, DE, 2023

Rapid Eye Movement: NEXUS OF ABSENTIAS, Bangkok, TH, 2023

Passwords, Automata, Los Angeles, US, 2023

Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba IFF, Curitiba, BR, 2023 

Videoex, Zurich, CH, 2023

European Media Art Festiva No.36, Osnabrück, DE, 2023 

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, GB, 2023

Cross the Blue, CinemAsia Film Festival, Amsterdam, NL, 2023

Souvenirs of Frictions: Three films by Peng Zuqiang, e-flux screening room, New York, US, 2022

Sideways Looking, Cell Project Space, London, GB, 2022

Double Feature, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, DE, 2022 

In Solidarity with ___?, OCAT Shanghai X KADIST, Shanghai, CN, 2022 

The Elephant Escaped, Macalline Art Center, Beijing, CN, 2022

Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kassel, DE, 2022

Competition Program, 25FPS, Zagreb, HR, 2022