超星鑑定III:熵:25800 ─ 陳瀅如個展|1.6-2.14.2018|TKG+ Projects

超星鑑定III:熵:25800 ─ 陳瀅如個展|1.6-2.14.2018|TKG+ Projects

 

超星鑑定III:熵:25800 ─ 陳瀅如個展
Extrastellar Evaluations III: Entropy: 25800 — Yin-Ju Chen Solo Exhibition

時間 Dates|2018.01.06 – 2018.02.14
開幕 Reception|2018.01.06 (Sat.) 4:30 p.m.
地點 Venue|TKG+ Projects
更多資訊|http://www.tinakenggallery.com/plus/


TKG+ Projects 本次將推出「超星鑑定III:熵:25800 ─ 陳瀅如個展」,本次展覽延續陳瀅如自2016年開始發展的「超星鑑定」系列的敘事軸線,為此系列的最後一章,經由探討太空物理、外星傳說、宇宙誌來反思人類文明與未來

陳瀅如擅長於從神祕學著手,利用破碎的歷史、媒體影像與信息重新演繹,以假說預言,並進而推展對未來的想像。《超星鑑定III:熵:25800》(以下簡稱《超星鑑定III》)以春分點完整繞行黃道一周所經歷的時間──「大年」,來揭示末日的時間點。大年的週期約為25800年,除了是經由美國太空總署(NASA)的推算而得,也與諸多神話、傳說中提及的週期不謀而合。陳瀅如並進而挪用熱力學第二定律中的不穩定變因「熵」[1],隱喻宇宙「熵」值的變動與人類社會貪婪與好戰的微妙關係,以此為《超星鑑定III》的核心概念。影片中交錯出現外星生物Ra所述說著的《一的法則》[2]:宇宙中的萬事萬物皆為「太一」的變體,即為「太一哲學」[3],並疊合著人類所引發的戰爭、禍亂之歷史影像,這樣的混亂也驅使宇宙加速邁往無序狀態,並逐步邁向被眾多科學家、天文學家預言的宇宙終極命運:能量終將耗竭,未來再也無法產生運動與生命。

本次展覽藉由科學合理推演的口吻,以「末日」作為一個想像,逼得觀眾不得不正視全體人類需真實面對的「當下」現實。如同作品中外星生物Ra不斷述說、強調宇宙是萬事萬物之源頭的「太一哲學」,即人類的行為與文明發展無形地牽引了宇宙、自然的狀態,此說接近於中國道家的「人法地,地法天,天法道,道法自然」。

末日將至,但尚未,身處在過渡中的我們是否真能意識到自身行為導致的混亂,而有改變的自覺?

陳瀅如,畢業於舊金山藝術學院行為與錄像藝術研究所。主要創作媒體為錄像,其作品亦包含複合媒材、繪畫、攝影版畫,與行動藝術等。在過去幾年,她的創作著眼於社會中的權力結構—民族主義和集體(無)意識等議題。近年逐漸把創作觀念結合太空科學與神祕學,將宇宙和人類處境作關連想像、思考。陳瀅如多次參與國內外重要展覽及影展,包括阿姆斯特丹國際紀錄片影展(2008)、馬德里蘇菲亞王妃藝術中心(2009)、EMAF—歐洲媒體藝術節(2011)、鹿特丹國際影展(2011、2018)、台北雙年展(2012)、《疫年日志:恐懼、鬼魂、叛軍、沙士、哥哥和香港的故事》(2013–2014巡迴展:香港、台北、首爾、舊金山)、上海雙年展(2014)、第66屆柏林影展Forum Expanded單元(2016)、第20屆雪梨雙年展及利物浦雙年展(2016) 、《南方:問與聽的藝術》(高雄,2017)等。

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[1] 一般我們熟知的能量守恆為熱力學的第一定律,但現實生活中並非皆為能量守恆,19世紀克勞修斯(Rudolf Clausius)因而指出熱能可自發地從較熱的物質傳導至較冷的物質,但卻無法從較冷的物質傳導至較熱物質,這中間傳遞速度的參數便是熵,而熵質不可逆也難以預測,因而開展熱力學第二定律的討論。

[2] 《一的法則》系列總計五本,是四位通靈人士與外星智慧生命體「Ra」的通靈通訊記錄,總計106份文件,通靈時間長達16年。「Ra」自稱為一個由高等外星文明統合的意識實體,在對談的過程詳盡表達一套自成一格的哲學體系,即為「一的法則」。在「一的法則」中,「Ra」表明,所有人、事、物最終都是太一無限的多重變貌,宇宙是萬事萬物的源頭,並轉化成各個人類生活面向來闡釋,如哲學宗教、歷史政治、倫理道德、宇宙學、超自然現象等。

[3] 「太一」原先為星宿之名,即為北極星,在先秦時期成為民間信仰的最高神明,奉為天帝,相當於上帝。知識份子則把太一哲學化,想像為永恆不變的法則,即「道」,或宇宙的本源。在西方古代哲學中,太一(the One)意謂單一、獨一、沒有界限、沒有區分、自身渾然為一。古羅馬帝國時期新柏拉圖學派哲學家普羅提諾(Plotinus)認為,世界萬物都是由太一產生出來的。太一是絕對超然的神,是一切存在物的源泉和最終原則。

TKG+ Projects is pleased to present Extrastellar Evaluations III: Entropy: 25800 — Yin-Ju Chen Solo Exhibition. As a continuation and the final chapter of the “Extrastellar Evaluations” series that first began in 2016, this exhibition contemplates human civilization and humanity’s future through an investigation of space physics, extraterrestrial myths, and cosmography.

Yin-Ju Chen is known for her occultist approach to the imagination of the future using hypotheses and prophecies founded upon a choreography of fragments of history, as well as mass media imagery and information. Extrastellar Evaluations III: Entropy: 25800 is another attempt by the artist to reveal when exactly Doomsday takes place, through an investigation of the Great Year, or the period of one complete cycle of the spring equinox around the ecliptic. A cycle of the Great Year is 25,800 years, a number that has been derived not only from NASA’s calculations, but also from several ancient mythologies and legends. The artist further adapts the notion of “entropy”[1] from the second law of thermodynamics, and connects it to the avarice and belligerence of human nature. Interspersed in the video are the narrations of a non-human intelligence named “Ra” concerning The Law of One[2] — everything is the distortion of the one infinite Creator.[3] Intercut with historical images of wars and disasters, the video shows chaos propelling the universe into a state of disorder, leading to the ultimate cosmic destiny that many scientists and astronomers have predicted: the universe will inevitably burn out and be transformed.

The doomsday narrative unfolds in this exhibition through a seemingly logical scientific perspective, urging the viewer to see the reality that confronts humankind. Just as the non-human intelligence Ra elucidates the philosophy of Taiyi: the origin of all beings is the universe; human behavior and civilization as an unseen hand shapes the universe. This notion resonates with the Tao Te Ching, “Man models the Way of earth; earth models the Way of heaven; heaven models the Way of Tao; Tao models the Way of nature.”

As doomsday draws near, will humanity realize the catastrophic consequences of its actions and attain the final awakening before it is too late?

Yin-Ju Chen received her master’s degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. She is engaged in a wide range of mediums from mixed media, painting, photographic print making, to performance art, while she focuses primarily on video. In the past few years her practice has been centered on the power structure in society, nationalism, and collective (un)consciousness. More recently space science, occultism, and her practice have coalesced into an examination of the relationship between the universe and humanity. The artist has exhibited extensively, including at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2018, 2011); The South: An Art of Asking and Listening, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2017); Biennale of Sydney (2016); Liverpool Biennial (2016); Forum Expanded at Berlin Film Festival (2016); Shanghai Biennale (2014); A Journal of the Plague Year, Para/Site, Hong Kong (2013–2014); Taipei Biennial (2012); European Media Art Festival (2011); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain (2009); and International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (2008).

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[1] The first law of thermodynamics is the law of conservation of energy, which states that the total energy of an isolated system in a given frame of reference remains constant. But this is not always true in real life. Rudolf Clausius, 19th-century German physicist and mathematician, pointed out that heat can spontaneously flow from a material at a higher temperature to a material at a lower temperature, but the reverse is impossible. The parameter for the heat transfer rate in this process is “entropy,” which is irreversible and unpredictable. This leads to the second law of thermodynamics.

[2] The Law of One is a series of five books which chronicle the communications between four psychics and a non-human intelligence named Ra, in a total of 106 documents over a period of 16 years. A self-proclaimed entity of consciousness from an extraterrestrial civilization, Ra enunciates a sui generis philosophical system in these communications, named “Law of One.” Ra indicates that everything is the distortions of the one infinite Creator, that the origin of all beings is the universe, manifested in different aspects of human life, such as philosophy, religion, history, politics, ethics, cosmology, and supernatural phenomena.

[3] Similar to the philosophy of Taiyi (the Great Unity), the ancient name of the North Star, Taiyi was believed to be and worshipped as the highest God in Pre-Qing folk religion, equivalent to the Creator. The literati imbued Taiyi with a philosophical significance, reinterpreting it as Dao, an everlasting law, or the primal origin of the universe. The equivalent of Taiyi in ancient Western philosophy is “the One,” which denotes singularity, unity, infinitude, homogeneity, and the concept that “the One is one.” Plotinus, Neoplatonist philosopher of ancient Rome, posited that all beings were born out of the One, that the One is omnipresent, transcendental, the cause of all multiplicities, the Lord of all.