Post: 於虛擬的彼岸 迴魂(不)散 In Virtual Return You (can’t) Dehaunt


摄影:林雅莉、Joy Chao、尼扎·伊莱亚斯、卢妤、彼得亚雷·赛尔

Director: Yarli Allison
Screenwriter:  Yarli Allison, Yin Lo
Cast: Kay, Laura, Lo Yu, Y
Producer: Yarli Allison
Cinematographer: Yarli Allison, Joy Chao, Nizah Elias, Yin Lo, Piotr Sell
Genre: Short Documentary
Length: 24min18s
Year: 2021
Dialogue: English, Cantonese
Subtitles: Chinese, English
Region: UK, France, Hong Kong China
Production Company: None

故事梗概 Synopsis



In Virtual Return You (can’t) Dehaunt / 於虛擬的彼岸 迴魂(不)散 traces the real life stories of four queer Hong Kong transmigrants born in the 1980s, for whom lived migrant and diaspora experiences exist alongside memories of childhood homes under British colonial rule that no longer exist.

Deploying ethnographic research, digital modelling, extracts from interviews, docu-fiction writing, choreography and performance, Yarli Allison has reconstructed their childhoods in virtual reality (VR). Working with writer Yin Lo and anthropologist Dr. Haro Matas, the interviewees revisit their memories of ‘home’ – virtually reconstructed as a synthetic yet nostalgic space, filled with familiar yet depersonalised objects and possessions.

导演介绍 Director Biography



Yarli Allison is a Hong Kong-Canadian born, UK/Paris-based artist with a multidisciplinary approach that traverses sculpture, digital, performance, film, drawing and installation.

As the third generation of British, Cantonese and Canadian diaspora and born in Canada herself, Yarli was raised in Hong Kong before relocating to Europe. Her frequent relocations and mixed identities have focused her attention to the collective uprootedness and solidarity of migrant demographic groups. In her works, she fabricates imagined worlds that consist of her invented survival tactics and coping mechanisms, often in interaction with personas or creatures.

导演阐述 Director Statement


In Hong Kong, there is a cultural belief in ghosts having the desire to return to their origin after death – or else suffer the fate of ‘wandering’. Here, it is expressed as a phantasmagoric urge from within to ‘return’, that haunts in its desire to bridge the senses of ‘longing’ and ‘belonging’. With Hong Kong’s complex political history, including several past ‘Mass Migration Wave’ events since it became a British colony in 1841, the unceasing debate on migration remains, and is further exacerbated by the recurring political turbulence still experienced today.