We had the good fortune of connecting with Chenliang Zhu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chenliang, what role has risk played in your life or career?
By challenging myself through filmmaking, I tend to break away from the egoistic notion of who I am and to further explore the subconscious and unconscious parts of my mind.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
With a heart to be mindless on the frontiers between fantasy and reality, fiction and documentary, cinema and moving images, Zhu (1991, Beijing, CalArts Film Directing Master) aims to create his own process where patience and uncertainty are the very essence in the making of his films as the story emerges from the characters, the spiritual rises from the mundane, and the subconscious collides with the conscious. He believes it is such process that sets him free on the ride of acute instincts and establishes a bodily connection between the heart and mind, the product of which brings people to the bed of honest human emotions and another level of sensory state in relaxation.
Filmmaking is an essential ally on Zhu’s life-long journey towards finding fully presence in life. Through challenging the process of filmmaking, Zhu intends to push himself out of the comfort zone as an artist, besieging himself with unpredictable experiences, opening up to the world, and letting go of his preconception about himself and the world.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Camping for three nights at Garth’s Gardens in Joshua Tree; Visiting museum of Jurassic Technology;
Taking a walk along LA river;
Thursday gallery night at Calarts;
Party at Sonoma Studio
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
California Institute of the Arts is the place that opened me up to all kinds of different processes in art practice. My mother has always been the first person to trust and support my passion in life.