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參展藝術家 | 余政達、許哲瑜、蘇匯宇
策劃 | 游崴 x 在地實驗
展期 | 2017.07.01 – 09.17
地點 | 台北市立美術館 E展間
座談會 | 重新破裂，或如何從漫長的九〇年代離開？
時間：2017.07.09 (日) 14:30-16:30 座談紀錄
♪ 愛樂電台「藝術相對論」專訪 錄音檔 (2017.07.07 播出)
Participating Artists | Yu Cheng-Ta, Hsu Che-Yu, Su Hui-Yu
Curator | Yu Wei
Curatorial Team | ET@T
Date | 2017.07.01 – 09.17
Venue | Taipei Fine Arts Museum (E Gallery)
The three commissioned video installations by Hsu Che-Yu, Su Hui-Yu and Yu Cheng-Ta in this exhibition respectively echo three cultural productions in Taiwan during the 1990s: the Taipei Breaking Sky Festival (1995), the plays by the Taiwan Walker Theatre in its early days, and an article featuring a discussion on the queer body in Isle-Margin, a magazine of cultural criticism. With the perspectives from today, this exhibition seeks to revisit, also to reimagine the specific cultural practices which was shaped by the physical senses, the practices related to the wrecked body, transgressive sensations and unmaterialised utopia.
The primary texts on which these three works are based are only loosely correlated at first glimpse, yet they coincidentally embody a kind of hybridised, playful, interfering, vernacular state that contrast starkly with the eloquent, systemised discourses of the mainstream culture. Since the 1980s, the shadow of the broken corporeality has crept up on the liberation of politics from the street protests emerged around the years of the lifting of martial law, to the exuberant underground scene after the Wild Lily Student Movement in 1990. Such moment contributed to the counter-culture strategy executed in a riotous profusion of forms ranging from “little theatre,” noise performance, junk art, zine, underground comix, outdoor arts festival and writing experiment, which also inspired the imagination of the periphery and rebellious practices throughout the 1990s.
Broken Spectre, the title of this exhibition, not only refers to the keyword pò (broken / to break) of Taiwan’s underground culture in the 1990s, but also hints to a similar term, “Brocken Spectre,” a phenomenon which occurs when the sun shines from the back of a climber who looks down from the peak into the mist. His/her shadow thus magnifies through the mist, which was once mistaken to be a spectre in the old times. This exhibition takes this metaphor to explore the huge, ghost-like silhouette of history—it is the shadow of our body, yet somehow appears like a spirit summoned from a subject through trickery. It is oddly reminiscent of the huge balloon puppet which burst within seconds of being hoisted at the Taipei Breaking Sky Festival.
This exhibition is dedicated not so much to representing historical facts as to capturing the spectre of cultural history. Through the artists’ subjective reading of these original texts, their works are not simply the terminal lucidity of the broken corporeality, but also the tribute to as well as the adaptation and re-imagination of Taiwan’s culture archives in the 1990s.
As the curatorial foundation of the exhibition, ET@T has long been concerned with the myriads of practices in Taiwan’s non-mainstream cultures. A great amount of historical audio-visual files and documents has been accumulated over the years since its founding in 1995. Besides, the ET@T Archive has been openly accessible online since 2016 after years of elaborate preparation, upon which this exhibition’s horizons rest.
Panel Discussion | Re-rupture, or how do we depart from the long 1990s?
Time: 2017.07.09 (Sun.) 14:30-16:30
✍ Broken Spectre exhibition catalogue
✦ reviews of Broken Spectre link
✦ documentary of Broken Spectre link
✦ Broken Spectre nominated by the 16th TAISHIN ARTS AWARD link
♡ We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the following individuals, organizations and corporations whose generous support and cooperation made this curatorial project possible. list of special thanks