One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean

Short excerpts from “oddly satisfying” internet videos are the source material for this piece of video art in which images are stripped of their context, and sounds are broken down into tiny loops in order to transform information into energy. Drawing you in like an elastic sculpture, this video floods you with impressions that simultaneously slip through your fingers. If you don’t want to drown, be an ocean.
by Wang Yuyan France 2020 English 11’ Colour Documentary form

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


DirectorWang Yuyan
EditingWang Yuyan
Sound DesignRaphaël Hénard
ColouristJuliette Barrat
ProducerEric Prigent

Produced by

Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains

Wang Yuyan

Born in China in 1989, she studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains in Tourcoing, France. She takes an immersive approach in her work which, inspired by commercial media production, she develops into multiple visual forms. Her installations, performances and short films have been presented around the world.

Filmography (short films)

2019 All Movements Should Kill the Wind · The Devil In the Details 2020 One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021