Screen/ Selves/ Séance: Experimental Films of Tzuan Wu

Thursday,  August 13  at 8PM - RSVP

CultureHub 47 Great Jones St, New York.

The program is sponsored/ advised by Ministry of Culture, Taiwan (R.O.C.)


Screens/Selves/Séance: Experimental Films of Tzuan Wu is a series of solo screenings of experimental filmmaker Tzuan Wu. The title of this series refers to the inward-looking, self- conscious yet self-reflexive tendency of experimental cinema. Filmmakers in the history of Experimental/ Avant-garde cinema tend to investigate into the self/selves to achieve a personal vision(s) on/against the world. Learning through the lens of the heretics, the Hermetics, the punks, and the other, these no-budget works represent the first 10 years of Tzuan’s filmmaking on the path of his cross disciplinary cinematic pedagogy with hybrid influences.

This screening at Culture Hub is not only Tzuan’s first solo show in New York, but also the first one of the tour of five screenings in different locations. This series consists of different experimental short films produced since 2005. The screenings will include a live score by Sean Ali.



Tzu-An Wu

(b. 1985, Taipei) is a Taiwanese filmmaker and artist based in New York. His works present a notion of the in-between-ness. Through filmmaking, he explores the intersections and uncertainty between social narratives, the construction of the selfhood, and cinema. He also tries to develop the personal vision and his own micro theories about the world. He holds a BA in Gender and Cultural Studies from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan (2007) and an MA in Media Studies from The New School, New York (2012). He was awarded the jury prize at the Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinemas. His works have been shown worldwide, including Golden Harvest Film Festival (Taiwan), MixNYC Queer Experimental Film Festival (New York), Backup Festival (Weimar, Germany), among others. He co-founded the countercultural zine group Post-Motherism.


Sean Ali (Live Score)

Bassist, composer, and improviser Sean Ali from Dayton, Ohio has been living in New York City since 2003. There he participates in the city’s vibrant experimental music scene both as a performer and curator. His current projects include: Fester with David Grollman (snare drum), Natura Morta with Frantz Loriot (viola) and Carlo Costa (drums), Hag with Brad Henkel (trumpet) and David Grollman (snare drum), PascAli with Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), LathanFlinAli with Lathan Hardy (alto sax) and Flin van Hemmen (drums), and Trismegistus with Joe Moffett (trumpet), Ben Gerstein (trombone) and Devin Gray (drums) . He also does solo performances that involve text and sound-specific preparations for the bass. He is the founder and leader of a large ensemble of low-tone instruments called The Mudbath Orchestra. He is co-founder and member of the new music label Prom Night Records. He also co-curates the “floating” house-series Ze Couch with Pascal Niggenkemper. Sean Ali performs regularly in New York City and has toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.