Beijing Mon Amour is a series of three non-fictional shorts created in the process of finding a way to communicate with the act of “tourism”. Tourism is by vocabulary definition: the commercial organisation and operation of holidays and visits to places of interest. In other words tourism is on one hand the consumption of a place and on the other the business structure build around it to facilitate its consumption and maximise the profit created by this exchange. Tourists are both consumers and service providers. As it’s through their collective participation – taking pictures, celebrating landmarks in the shape of amulets – to subconsciously reaffirm to the other the experiential value of the place.
These films are an attempt to conspire against the touristic time and consumption. The filming process worked as a situationist dérive and a displacement to the act of the “touristic seeing”. The camera used as a mindful tool to frame, border and therefore breed a cinematic narrative away/next/behind/through the touristic aesthetic consumption.
In a dérive one or more persons during a certain period drop their usual motives for movement and action, their relations, their work and leisure activities, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there… But the dйrive includes both this letting go and its necessary contradiction: the domination of psychogeographical variations by the knowledge and calculation of their possibilities. (Ken Knabb)