French architect, film maker, Monade Li lives and works in Paris, France. Her first experimental art video, an underwater shooting by day, “Diatomée” turned into a ‘corps-métrage’ (“body-measurement”) concept. Then came out “Claire Obscure”, an underwater shooting by night and “Malojá”, originally scored by Steven Severin (Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Glove), shot by the sea shore. Her debut films triptych was done.
In homage to Bergman’s film «Persona», her fourth shortfilm shot in South of Iceland, called “Candice”, scored by Steven Severin and Julia Kent on cello, was presented at “Air d’Islande” festival in Paris, in Hong Kong and also in Orkney in 2015.
During her stay in 2016 at ArtsIceland residency in Ísafjörður, she worked on an experimental shortfilm titled “Hollie”, scored by the epic mucisian-performer Dirk Ivens; it is an homage to the Icelandic painter Georg Guðni and based on “Gotuljod / Poème de la rue” by the Icelandic author Sigurður Pálsson. Hollie was in competition at “Festival du Nouveau Cinéma” in Montreal in 2017 and also at “Bideodromo” festival in Bilbao in 2018.
The encounter with the Icelandic culture and people in 2013 led her to do some more researches on the Icelandic literature and art for her future experiments. Monade Li is currently working on her new shortfilm called “The Selkie”, which is based on a mysterious seal woman legend.
Diatomée, 6 min, color, 4/3 DV. 2005. France.
Claire Obscure, 5 min, color, 4/3 DV. 2009. France.
Malojá, 6 min, color, 4/3 DV. 2010. France.
Go And Come Back by Fleeting Joys, music video 5 min 30 sec, b/w/color, HD 1080p, 2011. France.
Dérapage, a loss of control, experiment 2 min, color, 4/3 DV. 2011. France.
Slowed by Pieter Nooten, music video 10 min, bw, HD 1080p, 2012. France and Spain.
Fragments / Journal / Drones by Fire Temple, music video 9 min, bw, HD 1080p, 2014. France.
Candice, 9 min25 sec, bw/color, HD 1080p. 2014. France and Iceland.
Almaliza, 5 min, bw /color, HD 1080p, 2015, France.
LaOT / Love and Other Tragedies by Roger O’Donnell (The Cure), «Rehearsals at St Leonard’s Church, London» documentary, 15 min, bw/color, HD 1080p. 2015. UK.
Dérapage#2, MH/MnHn, experiment 2 min 50, bw, 4/3 DV. 2016. France. Experimental workshop.
Hollie, 6 min, bw/color, HD 1080p. 2017. France and Iceland.
Percival’s Perceived Pebble, 12 min, bw/color, HD 1080p. 2018. France, Iceland and UK.
The Selkie, 8 min, bw/color, HD 1080p. 2019-2020. France and Iceland.
My favourite quote (-;
“The process of making films in communion with oneself, the way a painter works or a writer, need not now be solely experimental. Contrary to what people say, using the first-person in films tends to be a sign of humility: ‘All I have to offer is myself'”
Chris Marker, 1997.