Táifēng and the Motorway Saint: Film + Q&A
Wednesday 8 September 2021, 7pm – 9pm
Heart of Hawick, Hawick, TD9 0AE

Mark Lyken – 62’ – Taiwan/Scotland – 2018
Mandarin with English captions/SDH

A study of three Taiwanese cities and their everyday rituals as they prepare for and endure typhoon season.

Image: Mark Lyken flanked by Alchemy Directors Michael Pattison and Rachael Disbury, Heart of Hawick, Wednesday 8 September 2021 (credit: River N. Uhing)

Táifēng and the Motorway Saint, by Alchemy Film & Arts’ filmmaker in residence Mark Lykenreveals chance-led interactions with people and places across three Taiwanese cities  Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan. Amidst the perpetual flow of city life, stationary long-take shots allow everyday micro-narratives to play out, offering time to discover and contemplate the layers of detail within each scene. Local voices, recorded during a viewing of Lyken’s footage, provide a spontaneous, voiceover commentary. The work seeks out and dwells upon often unregarded details of place, layering observational footage, local voices, musical improvisation and field recordings to build a visually rich meditation on texture – both random and ordered – within the context of contemporary Taiwanese life. 

Mark was joined for a Q&A after the film by Alchemy’s Directors Rachael Disbury and Michael Pattison. 


This screening is part of The Teviot, the Flag and the Rich, Rich Soil, a programme of artist residencies, film commissions, discussion events and community engagement exploring the borders, boundaries and lines of Hawick and the Scottish Borders.