An Asian executive-type is haunted by his lost self. An experimental reinterpretation of the Asian ghost horror genre as an allegory on labor and westernization.
Can an often sensationalist and superficial form/genre embedded in spectacle and mass consumption be reworked to function as social commentary? That was the challenge Stephen Chen set out for himself. OVER TIME is the result of that line of enquiry and exploration – a low budget and lo-fi Post-Marxist and Post-colonial reinterpretation of the horror genre stripped down.
Inspired by immigrant Asian American experience, whereby Asians are always the ones working late / are expected to. OVER TIME co-opts the Asian ghost film genre to comment on how despite ‘success’ in their new country, immigrants are still haunted by lost time and identities. In the work, a traditional Chinese song is embedded into the soundscape, made menacing by synthesizing it from samples derived from industrial sounds. OVER TIME is the first time the horror genre has been set entirely in an office.
RUNNING TIME: 16:36 | COMPLETED: 05/13, REVISED: 12/13 | DIRECTOR: STEPHEN CHEN
Fun fact: The concept for OVER TIME evolved from an early idea to have different office archetypes correspond to a different ghoul / supernatural creature to represent the soul-sucking nature of corporate speak and make work.