USA｜2021｜Interactive｜Colour｜33 min｜English｜English｜Documentary｜2 Seat | Parental Guidance 12
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★ 2022 Sundance Film Festival-New Frontier
★ 2021 IDFA DocLab Competition For Immersive Non-Fiction
Exploring the potential of VR as a tool for transplanting secondhand memories, ‘Diagnosia’ aims to connect the audience to social issues via a sensorial immersion and embodiment in the memories of people who experienced them firsthand. “Diagnosia” portrays Mengtai’s memories of being incarcerated in a military-operated Internet addiction camp in Beijing in 2007, where internet addiction and other youth issues were treated as a severe mental disorder with sometimes violent means. It also raises questions about the extensive research publications that have come out of this institution, and how they entangle with the scientific literature of “internet addiction” on a global scale. By tracing the lineage of “Internet addiction” in China’s cultural context, the work discusses how societies can create or manifest pathologies as a tool for social control.
Mengtai Zhang is a multidisciplinary artist born in China, and currently lives in New York. Employing sculpture, sound, and simulation technology, his works create ambivalent allegories of power, where personal and sociopolitical factors encounter each other. Mengtai’s works have been presented internationally, including Times Art Museum (Beijing, China), New York Fashion Week (NY, US), Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (Shenzhen, China), New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Virginia Tech, US), International Computer Music Conference (Daegu, Korea), Sound and Music Computing (Espoo, Finland), SNAP (Shanghai, China), Handshake 302 (Shenzhen, China), ChaShaMa, Humble Arts Foundation, and Fridman Gallery in New York.
Lemon Guo is a New York-based vocalist, composer, and interdisciplinary artist from China. Drawn to the visceral and evocative nature of the voice, she creates voice-based performances and installations that connect people to current environmental and cultural realities. She holds an MFA in Sound Art from Columbia University and has performed and exhibited her works internationally, in places such as Rubin Museum of Art, Headlands Center for the Arts (US), BBC Radio 3 (UK), International Computer Music Conference (Korea), Chronus Arts Center (China), and United Nations Development Programme
(UNDP). Lemon produced music for Yi Tang’s film All the Crows in the World, which won the short film Palme d’Or at Festival de Cannes 2021.