STILL ALIVE區秀詒個展|2019.11.28-2020.1.19|立方計劃空間

立方計劃空間2019年的最後一檔跨年度展覽,榮幸邀請展出馬來西亞藝術家區秀詒的個展:「STILL ALIVE」。展期自2019年11月28日至2020年1月19日。
區秀詒關注影像的生成機制,早期曾發表「由自製機械和機械式電影放映機所作」的現場電影(live cinema),長期以錄像、觀念、裝置等混合形式,探討影像製造與政治、權力之間的關係。台灣的藝術史學者郭昭蘭談論她「經常逆向地從影像與思維的路徑下手,藉著將視覺文化中既有的影像素材抽離、重編、打造並成全一個尚未被辨識的非地方的國度。」
「STILL ALIVE」展出區秀詒三件近年的作品:〈克里斯計畫II:If the Party Goes On〉、〈宮殿、山谷、島嶼和他們的月球之旅〉及〈靜海武士的極盡旅程(三幕劇)之序:啟航之歌〉。區秀詒將於2020年1月4日(周六)下午舉辦藝術家講座,並邀請評論人暨詩人印卡擔任與談人。

展期|2019年11月28日-2020年1月19日(週三至週日,2-8pm;週一及週二休館,2020.1.1休館)
地點|立方計劃空間(台北市中正區羅斯福路四段136巷1弄13號2樓)
開幕|2019年11月28日(週四)5-8pm
藝術家座談|2020年1月4日(週六)3pm
與談|區秀詒、印卡(評論人、詩人)



▍關於展覽

克里斯計畫II:If the Party Goes On
1.〈序:To the Party〉
錄像(4分41秒)、文字敘述,2016
2.〈克里斯計畫II:If the Party Goes On〉
錄像(13分52秒)、物件,2016

以電影和虛構作為方法,區秀詒化身其分身Ravi——一名消失於棉佳蘭叢林的電影導演——重新想像與建構一個電影工作室和其幽魂。棉佳蘭是位於南海(不管你如何命名)一座想像的島嶼/地方。〈克里斯計畫II:If the Party Goes On〉藉由Ravi未完成的腳本、一些文件以及一部電影,交織想像與歷史。這組作品試圖揭示邊界製造和神話建構的複雜與變動狀態。「腳本」與電影本身顯現了「陸」,一名二戰後電影史上具影響力的電影大亨轉變成情報員的故事。這名情報員詮釋了不同的角色,展開跨越了時間、國家、傳說以及神話界線的旅程。透過「陸」參與過的破碎而不斷變幻的「派對」,這些「陸」的分身檢視了諸如政治、邊界、移動以及他者化等關鍵字。

宮殿、山谷、島嶼和他們的月球之旅
錄像(13分52秒)、筆記本、物件,2017
*香港亞洲藝術文獻庫委託製作

吉姆於1967年3月26日消失於叢林中。在他位於月光別墅的房間裡,巫師找到了以隱形墨水書寫的腳本、素描筆記、一些秘密的座標、往外太空的計畫,以及附著了聽不見之咒語的神秘雕塑。
(筆記:吉姆以吉姆・湯普森[Jim Thompson]為原型,泰國的美籍絲綢大亨。吉姆・湯普森於1967年在馬來半島金馬倫高原散步時失蹤,他活著與否至今都還是一個謎。)

靜海武士的極盡旅程(三幕劇)之序 : 啟航之歌
錄像(4分45秒)、素描繪於牆,2019

〈靜海武士的極盡旅程(三幕劇)之序 : 啟航之歌〉為區秀詒2018年劇場作品〈南洋情報交換所〉後「南洋」計畫之延續。日籍情報員谷豐(Tani Yutaka)為1940年代日本情報部門之一F機關的一員。大眾媒體塑造下的谷豐說得一口流利馬來語,1911年在日本福岡出生後即隨父母到馬來半島東北部生活,長大後為了報妹妹被殺之仇而變成俠盜。谷豐的故事曾分別於1943年和1989年被拍成電影,並於1960到1961年間改編成電視劇〈怪傑哈力貓〉(快傑ハリマオ),爾後甚至延伸出漫畫的版本。〈靜海武士的極盡旅程(三幕劇)之序 : 啟航之歌〉重新想像谷豐(Tani Yutaka)的海上和人生旅程,揉合南十字星、導航系統以及流行歌曲與影像的關係思考、部署以及重組,藉以折射出日本、臺灣、現東協國家以及南海、印度洋、太平洋區域邊界與權力移動的多重面貌。此創作計畫的序篇〈序:啟航之歌〉挪用卡拉OK伴唱帶的形式,為谷豐的旅程揭開序幕。這首啟航之歌拼貼了日治臺灣時期作徵召臺灣人入伍的〈臺灣軍之歌〉、〈怪傑哈力貓〉主題曲以及〈南十字星之歌〉的歌詞與旋律。


▍關於藝術家

區秀詒
出生長大於馬來西亞吉隆坡;現工作、生活於臺北。區秀詒的創作主要以錄像、觀念、裝置等混合形式,探討和擴延影像與影像製造以及和歷史書寫、政治、權力之間的關係。入圍「2018年亞太藝術獎」(Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize)以及2018 Hans Nefken 基金會巴塞羅納Loop錄像藝術獎。作品曾在首爾MMCA、東京森美術館、柏林HKW、曼谷文化與藝術中心(BACC)、上海外灘美術館、新加坡國際電影節等展覽與電影節發表。她也是「數位荒原」特約作者,吉隆坡「亞答屋84號圖書館」共同創辦人之一。

*立方計劃空間由國藝會、台北市文化局、RC文化藝術基金會及陳泊文先生贊助營運。

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Au Sow-Yee Solo Exhibition: STILL ALIVE

For its final event of 2019 that extends to 2020, TheCube Project Space is pleased to present STILL ALIVE, the solo exhibition by Malaysian artist Au Sow-Yee. This exhibition is scheduled to be on view from November 28, 2019 to January 19, 2020.

Keenly interested in imaging mechanism, Au Sow-Yee presented her “live cinema” produced with self-made machines and mechanical cinematographs in her earlier practices. She has also undertaken a long-term investigation into the relations among image production, politics, and power via the hybridization of video, conceptual art, and installation. Taiwanese art historian Guo Jau-Lan remarked that “Au often starts reversely from images and thoughts, building an unrecognized non-place nation by detaching and re-editing the existing visual materials in the visual culture.”

STILL ALIVE features Au’s recent works Kris Project II: If the Party Goes On(2016), Castle, Valley, Anonymous Island and Their Return to the Moon(2017) and Prelude: Song of Departure, part of The Extreme Journey of Perwira and the Calm Sea: In 3 Acts(2019). The artist talk will take place on January 4, 2020 (Saturday) and invite critics and poet, Enkaryon Ang, as the respondent.

Date | Nov. 28, 2019 – Jan. 19, 2020 (Wed. – Sun., 2-8pm)
Venue | TheCube Project Space
Opening | Nov. 28, 2019 (Thurs.), 5-8pm
Artist Talk | Jan. 4, 2020(Sta.) 3pm
Speakers | Au Sow-Yee & Enkaryon Ang

▍About Exhibition

“Kris Project II: If the Party Goes On”
1. Prelude: To the Party
4’41” video, text, 2016
2. If the Party Goes On
13’52” video, objects, 2016

Using both film and fiction as a method, Sow-Yee took up the heteronym, Ravi, a fictional filmmaker lost in the forest of Mengkerang, imagining and recreating a film studio as well as its’ ghosts and remnants. Mengkerang is an imaginary island/place located somewhere within the South China Sea (whichever you would like to call it). The Kris Project II: If the Party Goes On intertwined the imagined and history, bringing together Ravi’s unfinished script, documents and a film. It is an attempt to uncover the complexity and shifting conditions of border-making, myth-making and to remap (historical) time as well as power structure through the influence of post-war film industry in the region. The narrative of both the script and film reveals Loke, also a film tycoon and an influential figure in the history of film industry during the post-war era, transforming into a secret agent, depicting numerous characters and embarking on a journey crossing the borders of time, countries, folklores and mythologies. Through the fractured and transfiguring “party” that Loke has attended, these other selves looks into keywords such as politics, borders, mobility and alienation.

“Castle, Valley, Anonymous Island and Their Return to the Moon”
13:52 mins, video, note book, objects, text, 2017
* commissioned by Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong)

Jim disappeared into the forest on 26 March 1967. Inside his room in the Moonlight Villa, a bomoh found a script written with invisible ink, a book with sketches, some secret coordinates, plans to go to outer space, and mysterious sculptures imbued with inaudible spells. (notes: Jim is a reference to Jim Thompson, an American Silk Tycoon based in Thailand in his later life. Jim Thonpson disappeared when he was taking a stroll at Cameron Highland, Peninsula Malaysia in 1967. His life or death remains a mystery till today.)

Prelude: Song of Departure, part of The Extreme Journey of Perwira and the Calm Sea: In 3 Acts
04:45 mins, video, sketches on wall, 2019

The Extreme Journey of Perwira and the Calm Sea: In 3 Acts is Au’s continuation of the play The Nanyang Intelligence Bureau (2018), as part of the Nanyang project. The Japanese intelligence agent, Tani Yutaka, was a member of F. Kikan, one of the intelligence departments of Japan in the 1940s. Yutaka spoke Malay fluently in the images created by the mass media. After born in 1911, Fukuoka, Japan, he moved to the North East of Malay Peninsula with his parents. He became a bandit out of revenge after his sister was killed. The story of Yutaka was made into movies in 1943 and 1989. And the TV show Amazing Harimao from 1960 to 1961 as well as the comic of the same name published afterwards, were also based on the same story. The Extreme Journey of Perwira and the Calm Sea: In 3 Acts reimagines the oceanic and life journeys of Tani Yutaka. Mixing Southern Cross, navigation system, the thinking, deploying and regrouping of the relationship between popular music and images, the project reflects the multiple facets of Japan, Taiwan, ASEAN countries, as well as the changing borders between South China Sea, Indian Ocean, the Pacific region and its shifting power dynamic. Prelude: Song of Departure, the Prologue of the project, applies the format of Karaoke to start the journey of Yutaka. The song of departure is a collage of the lyrics and melodies of The Song of Taiwanese Army, used to recruit Taiwanese to the army during Japanese Colonization, the theme song of Amazing Harimao and The Song of Southern Cross.

▍About Artist
AU Sow Yee, born in Malaysia, she now lives and works in Taipei. Au’s works focus mainly in questioning, exploring as well as expanding the relation between images, image making, historiography, politics and power, through video installation and other mediums. A finalist for the 2018 Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize and Han Nefkens Foundation – Loop Barcelona Video Art Award 2018, Sow Yee’s works were exhibited in MMCA (Seoul), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), HKW (Berlin), Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, Singapore Film Festival among others. Sow Yee is a guest writer for online magazine No Man’s Land and co-founded Kuala Lumpur’s Rumah Attap Library and Collective in 2017.

* TheCube Project Space is supported by National Culture and Arts Foundation, Department of Culture Affairs, Taipei City Government, RC Culture and Arts Foundation and Dr. Chen Po-Wen.


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