Double Happiness

Double Happiness


Double Happiness intersects the real and the fake through visual imagery

Upcoming Screenings


DOUBLE HAPPINESS, 74 min., DCP, 2014

DOUBLE HAPPINESS takes the Chinese copy of Hallstatt, a small idyllic town in Austria, as the starting point to explore China’s fast urbanization. Chinese cities are built where histories and memories can be easily forgotten and thus rewritten. The film intersects the real and the fake through visual imagery, interviews and songs and tells the story of the copy planned in secret and of its discovery, of the motivation and the background for the construction of the fairy-tale-like replica in a region with a population of millions. The film is shot in the fashion of a docu-musical to refer to Sound of Music (1965), the Hollywood production of an imagined Austrian culture, which became a touristic hype in Salzburg. The origin is no longer determined by tradition or culture, but rather by playing a role or even playing with images deriving from the archives collected from mass- media visual footages as the collective fantasy. What matters is no longer whether it is real or fictional, but the virtuality grounded in the epistemology of the image production itself, its perception, and effects in the capitalist globe.

Upcoming Screenings:

Graz_FORUM STADTPARK, Architektur in Serie, 15.9.2016

Taipei_ Fuzhong 15 Cinema_ 16th September, 16:30 and 18th September 19:40

Recent Screenings:

1st Asian Biennial, Guangzhou Triennial at Guangdong Museum of Art, China, 11.12.2015-10.04.2016

Bi-City Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism Hong Kong, Agnes B. Cinema

Chicago Architecture Biennial + Chicago International Filmfestival

Margaret Mead Filmfestival New York

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