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Yarli Allison In Virtual Return You cant Dehaunt 於虛擬的彼岸 迴魂 不 散 2018 2021 Image by Rob Battersby Installation view at FACT

In Virtual Return You (can't) Dehaunt / 於虛擬的彼岸 迴魂(不)散 (2018-2021)

In Virtual Return You (can't) Dehaunt / 於虛擬的彼岸 迴魂(不)散 traces the real life stories of four queer Hong Kong transmigrants born in the 1980s, for whom lived migrant and diaspora experiences exist alongside memories of childhood homes under British colonial rule that no longer exist.

Deploying ethnographic research, digital modelling, extracts from interviews, docu-fiction writing, choreography and performance, Yarli Allison has reconstructed their childhoods in virtual reality (VR). Working with writer Yin Lo and anthropologist Dr. Haro Matas, the interviewees revisit their memories of ‘home’ - virtually reconstructed as a synthetic yet nostalgic space, filled with familiar yet depersonalised objects and possessions.

In Hong Kong, there is a cultural belief in ghosts having the desire to return to their origin after death - or else suffer the fate of ‘wandering’. Here, it is expressed as a phantasmagoric urge from within to ‘return’, that haunts in its desire to bridge the senses of ‘longing’ and ‘belonging’. With Hong Kong’s complex political history, including several past ‘Mass Migration Wave’ events since it became a British colony in 1841, the unceasing debate on migration remains, and is further exacerbated by the recurring political turbulence still experienced today.

Director: Yarli Allison

Co-Writers: Yarli Allison, Yin Lo

Interviewees: Kay, Laura, Lo Yu, Y

Interview Team: Yarli Allison, Yin Lo, Dr. Marivi Haro Matas

Anthropology Advisor (East-Asian Diasporas): Dr. Marivi Haro Matas

Virtual Reality Modelling: Yarli Allison

Video and Audio Editing: Yarli Allison

Video and Audio Assistant: Yin Lo

Camera: Yarli Allison, Joy Chao, Nizah Elias, Yin Lo, Piotr Sell

Music and Sound Art: Quantum Foam

Sound Effect: Yarli Allison

Voice Performers: Yarli Allison, Bonnie Chan, Dorothy Cheung, Mei Ting Li, Shu Ying Wai

Performers: Joy Chao, Mavi Haro, S. Lara, Suka

Costume and Makeup: Yarli Allison, Yin Lo

Translation: Yarli Allison, Yin Lo

Subtitle: Yarli Allison, Yin Lo, Elliot Rogers

Technical Advisors: Gerald Alexander, Ude Autumn Leaf

Supported by Videotage, Canada Council for the Arts, and Hong Kong Arts Development Council.