Yolanda Y Liou is a Taiwanese self-taught photographer and moving image maker based in London, UK.
As a process of introspection and experiment, the new work of Yolanda Y Liou wants to move away from her commercial work to return to something much simpler made with objects from her shelf. As she says, her creative process is spontaneous and with an ambiguity touch to involve the viewer from the very first moment.


These two videos are part of a series “10 seconds (or not)”. What the ideas have inspired you and how do you relate them?
The tools available to capture and create video on your phone are now so immediate i wanted to explore this potential with a series of short videos. In contrast to my commercial shoots – which generally involve extensive preparation, a team of people and shooting on location – these short videos are deliberately spontaneous and use materials and props that are to hand in the studio. I wanted to see what kind of results i could achieve when i stripped everything back to just me, my phone and something i grabbed off the shelf.


How do you relate these two videos to the matter?
I had some rather amazing stuff in the studio called magic sand which I used in the short ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’. It has an uncanny appearance as if it is always in the process of breaking apart in slow motion, and so I spent some time filming it just to see what kind of footage materialised. And the resulting footage then informs how to edit it together to create some kind of micro narrative or perhaps simply something atmospheric or textural. In ‘Intimacy’ I used a lava lamp that I had bought from the science museum in London, which was great because you never really know what it’s going to do and it tends to look rather otherworldly – so was perfect for this project.


 As we seeing in “Nothing Last Forever” the object is complete and mutant, in “Intimacy” takes place in an endless, almost physical macro space. What do you want to aim with these two matter states?
It’s not my intention to give specific meanings or explanations to the work. What you describe in your question is your interpretation of the videos, and this is more interesting to me. Each viewer will have their own idea of what it might mean, or to some viewers it might mean nothing at all. But presenting work with a degree of ambiguity invites the audience to get involved and find their own interpretation instead of it being a prescribed and passive experience.


What you would like to explore on your next video creations?
There are still many curious props and materials around the studio that I haven’t used yet. So I look forward to what surprises emerge when I put them in front of the camera and edit the results together


What does intrigues you as a photographer?
I am really excited by self developing my own analogue photographs. I have been learning how to do it over the last few months and the imperfections, anomalies and traces of the process on the negatives are a constant delight. I am amazed by how robust the material of film is. Even with all the mistakes I make when developing, I’m always surprised when something actually comes out.


Interview by Jesus Monteagudo Guerra

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Nothing Lasts Forever
Camera & Edit by Yolanda Y. Liou

Music by Jon Rose, String Double Violin 1982

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