The Lonely Age
United States/China – 2019
Video – duration 11 min
The Lonely Age is set in a highly toxic and ecologically devastated near future. It follows rumors of magical seeds that have washed up on the shores of California after escaping from a GMO seed factory in China. Borrowing from the languages of propaganda, dystopian cinema, documentary, and avant-garde film, the film uses the symbol of the seed to investigate the power of myth and rumor in an age of fake-news and fear of invasions and contamination. All of the voiceovers and performances are improvised by friends and strangers concerned about the future.
Connie Zheng― Artist
Connie Zheng is a Chinese-born artist, writer, and filmmaker currently based out of Oakland, California. She is interested in the diverse manifestations of propaganda, the possibilities for expanding the language of climate apocalypse, and the racialization of contamination narratives, as told through visual and text-based forms. She has exhibited work in venues around the United States, including the Asian Art Museum (San Francisco, CA) and AIR Gallery (New York, NY). She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and ACRE, as well as a Collection Fellowship from KADIST, and will be publishing a chapter in the upcoming Routledge Companion to Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, and Climate Change (forthcoming in early 2021). She received an MFA in Art Practice from the University of California — Berkeley and BAs in Economics and English from Brown University. She is currently a PhD candidate in Visual Studies at the University of California — Santa Cruz, where she is the recipient of a Chancellor's Award.