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Ellen Pau studied radiography at the Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1982. But being a professional radiologist could not fulfill her creative obsessions with video art and media art. A self-taught video artist, her first film Glove, a super-8mm artwork, was made and screened internationally in 1984. Pau’s early works first appeared in local screening clubs and then resurfaced on the international arena starting in 1987. From there, Pau dedicated her life in video art to the development of media art in Hong Kong. In 1986, she co-founded Videotage, a media art collective in Hong Kong, aiming at creating an umbrella organization for media artists that facilitated artistic and cultural exchange and promoted video and media art in Hong Kong. Pau is also the founding director cum curator of the Microwave International New Media Arts Festival, which celebrates its 15th Anniversary in 2011. Pau works as an independent cinematographer, curator, art critic, and researcher focusing on Asian new media arts. She also works as an art consultant for her newly founded company Inter-Act Arts. Pau’s single channel videos and video installation works have been extensively exhibited worldwide in film festivals and art biennials. In 2001, Recycling Cinema was selected and exhibited at the Hong Kong Pavilion in the 49th Venice Biennial. Recycling Cinema challenges our perception of mono-direction movements in mainstream film.