Simon Liu was raised between Hong Kong and Stoke-On-Trent, UK and now lives in Brooklyn, USA. Liu’s films and 16mm multiple projection performances have been presented at film festivals and institutions internationally including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, TIFF: Wavelengths, BFI London Film Festival, Edinburgh IFF, Hong Kong IFF, M+ Museum, Tai Kwun Contemporary, CROSSROADS @ SFMoMA, Festival du Nouvéau Cinéma, Hamburg Kurzfilmtage, Light Industry, Sheffield Doc/Fest, EMAF, EXiS, IMAGE FORUM and Dreamlands: Expanded with the Whitney Museum of American Art & Microscope Gallery.

Liu is an Adjunct Instructor at the Cooper Union School of Art and a member Negativeland, an artist-run film lab based in Brooklyn. He has given lectures and performed as a visiting artist at institutions such as the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Yale University and the Beijing Film Academy. He is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow and a recipient of the NYSCA / Wave Farm Media Arts Assistance Fund in 2018. His work has been featured in publications including the South China Morning Post, MUBI, Nang Magazine, Millennium Film Journal, and DesistFilm. Liu is currently in post-production on his first feature film, Staffordshire Hoard.

Education

2010 BFA, Film & Television Production NYU: Tisch School of the Arts

Selected Screenings & Exhibitions

2019

Microscope Gallery — Scrapbook (or, Why Can’t We Live Together) :: Fallen Arches & Highview — Brooklyn, USA

EXiS - Experimental Film & Video in Seoul  :: E-Ticket & Cluster Click City Sundays— Seoul, Korea

Quinzaine Realisateurs/HKAC - New Waves, New Shores: Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 50 Meets HK Cinema :: Fallen Arches & Harbour City — Hong Kong S.A.R, China

Sheffield Doc/Fest :: E-Ticket — Sheffield, United Kingdom

Vienna Independent Shorts :: E-Ticket — Vienna, Austria

Norwegian Short Film Festival :: E-Ticket — Grimstad, Norway

Maryland Film Festival :: E-Ticket — Baltimore, USA

Chicago Underground Film Festival :: E-Ticket — Chicago, USA

FilMadrid :: E-Ticket — Madrid, Spain

Oak Cliff Film Festival :: E-Ticket — Dallas, USA

Fracto Film Encounter :: E-Ticket — Berlin, Germany

European Media Art Festival :: Fallen Arches — Osnabrück, Germany

ICDOCS :: E-Ticket — Iowa City, USA

Athens International Film & Video Festival :: E-Ticket — Athens, USA

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival :: E-Ticket — Milwaukee, USA

Hong Kong International Film Festival :: E-Ticket — Hong Kong S.A.R, China

Portland International Film Festival :: Fallen Arches — Portland, USA

Revolutions Per Minute Festival :: Star Ferry — Boston, USA

LIGHT FIELD :: Fallen Arches — San Francisco, USA

International Film Festival Rotterdam - Tiger Short Competition :: E-Ticket — Rotterdam, Netherlands

2018

Toronto International Film Festival - WAVELENGTHS :: Fallen Arches — Toronto, Canada

Yale University :: I Decided To Turn Left (Solo Program) — New Haven, USA

M+ Museum - Haunting Images : Live Cinema with Lim Giong :: Harbour City — Hong Kong S.A.R, China

Tai Kwun Contemporary :: Start From Scratch, Not Two Steps Back (Curated by Simon Liu) — Hong Kong S.A.R, China

Ohio State University - CINEMA, EXPANDED :: Program w/ Josh Lewis — Columbus, USA

Cork Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Cork, Ireland

Festival du Nouvéau Cinéma - LES NOUVEAUX ALCHIMISTES :: Star Ferry — Montréal, Canada

Paris Festival of Different & Experimental Cinémas :: Star Ferry — Paris, France

Antimatter [media art] :: Star Ferry — Victoria, Canada

Transient Visions: Festival of the Moving Image 2018 :: Star Ferry — Binghamton, USA

PHOTOFAIRS - “Connected” Video Program w/ VIDEOTAGE :: Star Ferry & Highview — Shanghai, China

IMAGE FORUM Festival  (East Asian Competition) :: Highview — Tokyo - Kyoto - Nagoya - Yokohama,  Japan

Edinburgh International Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Edinburgh, Scotland

LIGHT INDUSTRY - Other Tongue : An Evening with NANG :: Highview — Brooklyn, USA

CROSSROADS w/ SF Cinematheque @ SF MoMA :: Highview — San Francisco, USA

Beijing International Short Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Beijing, China

Chicago Underground Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Chicago, USA

Winnipeg Underground Film Festival :: Harbour City — Winnipeg, Canada

Milwaukee Underground Film Festival :: Sneyd Green — Milwaukee, USA

European Media Art Festival :: Star Ferry — Osnabrück, Germany

UNDERDOX filmfestival :: Star Ferry — Munich, Germany

Athens International Film & Video Festival :: Highview — Athens, USA

Moscow International Experimental Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Moscow, Russia

Syros International Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Syros, Greece

FRACTO : Experimental Film Encounter :: Sneyd Green — Berlin, Germany

FilMadrid :: Star Ferry — Madrid, Spain

Kyiv International Short Film Festival :: Highview — Kiev, Ukraine

Hong Kong International Film Festival :: Star Ferry — Hong Kong S.A.R, China

Filmmakers Co-Op NY: New Year New Works :: Highview — New York, USA

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Future Shorts) :: Star Ferry — Rotterdam, Netherlands

2017

BFI London Film Festival - EXPERIMENTA :: Highview — London, United Kingdom

UNION DOCS - Hortus Harare: Andreas Wutz with Negativland Lab :: Shuffle Cove — Brooklyn, USA

Festival du Nouvéau Cinéma - LES NOUVEAUX ALCHIMISTES :: Highview — Montréal, Canada

Back to the Future: PROJECT! :: Cluster Click City Sundays — Rotterdam, Netherlands

Art Cinema OFFoff & Film Fest Gent: TO BE ALIVE! - An Expanded Cinema Event :: Highview & Cluster Click City Sundays — Ghent, Belgium

Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival :: Highview — Lausanne, Switzerland

Antimatter [media art] :: Highview & Sneyd Green — Victoria, Canada

New Orleans Film Festival - Projection-Mapping Installation w/ Cinema Reset :: Highview — New Orleans, USA

Close Up Film Centre ::  I Decided to Turn Left (solo program) — London, United Kingdom

The Parrish Museum :: The Owl Flies at Twilight (Group performance with Optipus) — Water Mill, USA

Split Film Festival :: Sneyd Green — Split, Croatia

San Diego Underground Film Festival :: Sneyd Green — San Diego, USA

EXiS - Experimental Film & Video in Seoul  :: Highview — Seoul, Korea

FilMadrid :: Highview — Madrid, Spain

Moviate Underground Film Festival :: Harbour City — Harrisburg, USA

Hamburg International Short Film Festival - DeFramed Competition :: Sneyd Green — Hamburg, Germany

Maryland Film Festival :: Sneyd Green — Baltimore, USA

Hong Kong International Film Festival :: Highview— Hong Kong S.A.R, China

Untitled Art Fair w/ San Francisco Cinematheque :: Harbour City — San Francisco, USA

Diffraktions #7 w/ LaborBerlin at Silent Green :: Highview & Cluster Click City Sundays — Berlin, Germany

RE-VOIR (The Film Gallery) :: I Decided to Turn Left (solo program) — Paris, France 

DREAMLANDS: EXPANDED - Whitney Museum / Microscope Gallery :: The Owl Flies at Twilight - Group performance with Optipus — Brooklyn, USA

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Future Shorts) :: Highview — Rotterdam, Netherlands

2016

DREAMLANDS: EXPANDED with the Whitney Museum of American Art & Microscope Gallery :: Cluster Click City Sundays - Brooklyn, USA

Mono No Aware X - Annual Festival of Expanded Cinema :: Highview — Brooklyn, USA

China Independent Film Festival :: Harbour City — Beijing, China

l'Alternativa - 23nd Barcelona Independent Film Festival :: Donkey Riding — Barcelona, Spain

Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival :: Sneyd Green — Kassel, Germany

Paris Different & Experimental Film Festival :: Harbour City — Paris, France

The Nightingale :: A Door will Open and You will Walk Through it (program w/ Josh Lewis) — Chicago, USA

Floating Projects Collective :: A Door will Open and You will Walk Through it (program w/ Josh Lewis) — Hong Kong S.A.R, China

Fruity Space :: A Door will Open and You will Walk Through it (program w/ Josh Lewis)  — Beijing, China

SIGHT UNSEEN :: A Door Will Open & You Will Walk Through It (program w/ Josh Lewis) — Baltimore, USA

Moscow International Experimental Film Festival :: Harbour City — Moscow, Russia

EXiS - Experimental Film & Video In Seoul :: Harbour City — Seoul, Korea

Bains Argentiques - International Meeting of Artist-Run Film Labs :: Harbour City & Shuffle Cove — Nantes, France

TRANS-PECOS :: Sound / Film Collaboration with Warren Ng — Brooklyn, USA

Kilroy Metal Ceiling (HANDMADE MOVIES) :: Harbour City — Brooklyn, USA

FilMadrid :: Harbour City — Madrid, Spain

CROSSROADS w/ SF Cinematheque :: Harbour City — San Francisco, USA

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Deep Focus Shorts) :: Harbour City — Rotterdam, Netherlands

2015

Mono No Aware IX - Annual Festival of Expanded Cinema :: Harbour City — Brooklyn, USA

Microscope Gallery :: Process As Image (program w/ Josh Lewis) — Brooklyn, USA

Songs For Presidents Gallery :: Silent Films For One or Two Projectors (program w/ Josh Lewis) — Brooklyn, USA

Asian American International Film Festival - The Art of Cinema Program :: Donkey Riding — New York, USA

Winnipeg Underground Film Festival :: Afternoon In — Winnipeg, Canada

2014

100 FOOT FILM FILMS : COLLABORATIONS (Traveling Film Program) :: Afternoon In — Various Venues, United Kingdom

Gstaad Film Festival :: Afternoon In — Gstaad, Switzerland

2013

Marfa Film Festival :: Ditchwork — Marfa, USA

Northside Film Festival :: Flyer Boy — Brooklyn, USA

2012

Curta Cinema - Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival :: Flyer Boy — Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

WNDX: Winnipeg Festival of the Moving Image :: Ditchwork — Winnipeg, Canada

LoWave Human Frames Project (DVD Anthology Release) :: Flyer Boy — Paris, France

 

Teaching / Artist Presentations / Workshops

Cooper Union School of Art : Adjunct Instructor — New York, USA : Fall 2018 to Present

Maryland Film Festival : Creative Non-Fiction Panel — Baltimore, USA : 2019

Manchester Metropolitan University - School of Art — Manchester, UK : 2019

Montclair State University — Montclair, USA : 2019

Yale University — New Haven, USA : 2018

Ohio State University — Columbus, USA : 2018

Floating Projects Collective — Hong Kong S.A.R, China : 2017

The New School — New York, USA : 2016

China Central Academy of Fine Arts — Beijing, China : 2016

Beijing Film Academy — Beijing, China : 2016

University Illinois Chicago — Chicago, USA : 2016

United World College — Hong Kong S.A.R, China : 2016

The New School — New York, USA : 2015

Selected Bibliography

South China Morning Post : Hong Kong filmmaker’s Toronto film festival showing reflects city’s international legacy — Sept. 13th 2018

MUBI : Toronto: Wavelengths Preview — “We Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Contrarians” — Sept. 5th 2018

NANG Magazine - Issue 4, IN & OUT : I Decided to Turn Left - Excerpts & Annotations from a Conversation with Julian Ross (a visual essay by Liu) —  Spring 2018

Millenium Film Journal - : Highview - An Interview with Simon Liu by Richard Tuohy — Fall 2017 Issue

Film Is… by Artists Film Workshop : Highview - An Interview with Simon Liu by Richard Tuohy — Spring 2017 Issue

South China Morning Post : Hong Kong-based director’s road movie premieres at Rotterdam festival — Feb. 4th 2016

 

Films & Videos

2020

Staffordshire Hoard (Work In Progress - Feature Film, DCP)

2019

SIGNAL 8 (14 Minutes, 16mm)

E-Ticket (13 Minutes, DCP)

2018

Fallen Arches (10 Minutes, 35mm)

Star Ferry (8 Minutes, 35mm)

2017

Highview (20 Minutes, Quadruple 16mm Projection)

Cluster Click City Sundays (18 Minutes, Triple 16mm Projection)

2016

Sneyd Green (11 Minutes, 16mm)

Shuffle Cove (9 Minutes, 16mm)

2015

Harbour City (14 Minutes, Dual 16mm Projection)

Donkey Riding (7 Minutes, 16mm)

2014

Afternoon In (3 Minutes, 16mm)

2012

Ditchwork (24 Minutes, HD/16mm/Super8)

2009

Flyer Boy (11 Minutes, 16mm)

Miscellaneous Film & Documentary Credits (2010 - 2018)

Annunciation (2014) :: dir. Ben Hozie, 88 Min. — Cinematographer & Editor

Through A Lens Darkly (2014) :: dir. Thomas Allen Harris, 92 Min. — Assistant Editor

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step (2013) :: dir. David Lewis, 87 min. — Assistant Editor

Slavery By Another Name (2012) :: dir. Samuel D. Pollard, 90 min. — Associate Editor

CHOICES w/ Terence Blanchard (2012) :: dir. Samuel D. Pollard, 63 min. — Editor & Post-Production Producer

Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (2010) :: dir. Thomas Allen Harris, Multi-Episode Web Series — Assistant Editor