A meditation on maritime trade routes, SEA – SHIPPING – SUN (2021) is a short film directed by Tiffany Sia and Yuri Pattison. It was shot over the span of 2 years but edited to simulate a single day, from dawn until dusk. The film is set against a soundtrack of shipping forecasts from archival BBC Radio 4 broadcasts. Created with the intention of inducing sleep or relaxation, SEA – SHIPPING – SUN gathers a vision of entanglement. We are left with history’s residue: a gentle, rocking waltz over the sea.
artist, filmmaker, and writer
Tiffany Sia, born in Hong Kong, is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. She is the founder of Speculative Place, an experimental, independent project space in Hong Kong that hosts residents working in film, writing, and art. The recipient of the George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award (2021), Sia is currently adjunct teaching at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York. She lives and works in New York.
Weird Times (2021), is a 30-page chapbook by artists Tiffany Sia and Yuri Pattison on time-telling and hegemony. Featuring writing by Sia and images selected by Pattison, it is a brief history of the development of time-keeping technologies. The clock is disassembled as a political tool, a metronome of coercion and an accelerant of war power. Out of these mechanisms, resistant counter-tempos emerge.