Joanne Lam


Born in Hong Kong, Joanne Lam currently lives and works in Montreal as an intern architect, an emerging artist and a writer. The move from a very dense metropolitan Hong Kong to a relatively flat and sparse Canada triggered her awareness and interest for the built environment. At the same time, while constantly oscillating between two cultures, she developed an interest in exploring the in between state, where she belongs to both and neither. Upon receiving a Masters in Architecture from the University of Waterloo, she has embarked on several projects that operate at the juncture of architecture, art and literature. Through her artworks, writings, and designs she presents a unique perspective on our relations with one another and to our surroundings.



The film begins with a recording of a piece of writing read aloud. Slowly, a highway emerges. Clips of intermingling bodies and internal vessels overlay the highway. The pace of the film gradually increases until the end when it stops very abruptly in a crash. It is a piece that explores the idea of non-land, constantly shifting and never grounded. The flyovers and underpasses of the highway system epitomize the idea. Being on the road also speaks about being in between points, meaning that one is also psychologically ungrounded. Like a body slithering across the nation, the highway gyrates and follows the ups and downs of the landscape. The fastness of the highway juxtaposes against the slowness of our bodies. It is a state of being suspended, one to which we are attracted but at the same time find unsettling.