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Visual Communication (MA)

Bo Song

Bo Song, born 1995, China

Currently wandering between image production and writing.

Polishing the self in time offset, as a lens to observe external existence.

Focusing on hauntology, urban legends, horror films, memory, and corners of history.

Believing a distorted vision can more intimately touch this heteroglossic world.

A scene that emerges from the inner of the interviewee following dialogues about horror experience with various aspects of self.

We are the horror, and the horror is us. The essence of a horror experience is the confrontation between the different selves within us. Behind the things we fear, are those unfamiliar, unspeakable selves.

In the films, the interviewees narrated/created numerous stories in their own words, expanding the range of our perception of inner selves. By comparing and reviewing the differences in narrative approaches, we can see the possibilities of our selves or subconsciousness.

These expressions encompass experience, imagination, and memory. It can be difficult to distinguish the nature of these strange stories in the traditional sense. However, just like horror experiences, this is the real world individuals are feeling.

We should acknowledge the existence of these weirdnesses and differences, rather than attempting to dissolve them through a unified narrative. This not only represent the acceptance of our own potential but also the recognition of the being of others. 

Left image: A scene that emerges from the inner of the interviewee following dialogues about horror experience with various aspects of self.


Horrible New Worlds is a collection of documentaries. Around the dialogue framework I've set, I work with four interviewees to show, through their perceptions and imaginations of the inner, what new self-narratives can result when using the horror experience as an entry point for self-exploration.

In the process, we are also seeking and showcasing the possibilities of personal discourse. We strive to transform diverse, fluid experiences and perceptions into individual expressions that can be felt, rather than understood, by others. 

By bypassing existing self-narratives, inward exploration becomes a safe way to open up the deeper self to others. By dissolving the stable relationships between words and concepts, we break free from the limitations of perceiving and imagining the inner and outer, establishing broader connections with others. 

Through these expandable experiences, we face inner or outer differences with a more open attitude.