臺南現場 - 飛揚的影像On locations, TAINAN - Flying Images
Venue: Siao-Long Cultural Park, Railway Landscape
Lee Li-chung, who calls himself a pigeon and yearns for seeing things from a bird’s eye view, has been fascinated by the racing pigeons’ homing ability. He also discovers that pigeon played a role in Taiwan’s colonial history. The folk activity “Pigeon Ling Racing”, said to be dated back to Ming-Zheng era, was the annual competition between pigeons carrying “Ling”, which made sound when wind blows through. Every February in lunar calendar, usually an off-season for farmers, villagers held the contest by sending meat pigeons, which were larger and better carriers, to carry Ling on their backs flying to another village and returning home, as winter-time entertainment. Meat pigeons, which are not native species in Taiwan, might be introduced by the Dutch. In 1895, the invasion and landing of Japanese army in Budai led to the epic “Battle of Mt. Zhugao”. Meat pigeons were assigned the secret mission of sending messages disguised by Ling to the voluntary army against Japan. At the later stage of WWII, US army had launched air raids against Taiwan. Pigeon Ling was then prohibited by law because it sounded like air raid sirens. The folk tradition of “Pigeon Ling Racing” has thus faded away by time with only very few villages still holding the contests in a smaller scale. My new creation, “The Battle of Mt. Zhugao and Red Feet Ling”, employs the imagery of a flying pigeon carrying Ling to portray the historical changes in farming villages.
Born in Taipei and studying in Boston, WU Mong-Jane has spent most of her life living in modern cities. So, the trip to Saline Land is a fresh experience for her. She enjoys the tranquility of Tainan’s countryside when working on her site-specific project. Under blazing sunlight in summer, she was attracted to the screen-house cultivation for agricultural produce. In her new creation, “SunDay Farm”, Wu freely expresses her feelings about Tainan. Responding to sizzling sunlight and agricultural landscapes in Madou and its neighborhood, the artist presents a panoramic image in a way like Chinese ink and wash painting. She uses the camera as her eyes shooting at the sun directly to create the high contrast scene against the fruit trees and plants in the field. The image also shows a peculiar visual effect of the “visible” and the “invisible”.
Daniel Paterson: Perspective House
“Camera Obscura”, is not only the predecessor of a photographic camera but also the first device to capture images in the history of photography. The artist, Daniel Paterson, using the primitive concept of pinhole projection, has converted the carriage of the narrow gauge train and tree house into dark rooms. By recording and photographing abstract images projected on various media, he intends to make a contrast with the unique industrial scene in this old sugar factory.
The artists have been engaged in creating and working collectively on the project. Visitors can thus learn local history, geography, and culture through these images, whether realistic or surreal. By connecting situations in different spaces, the project depicts Tainan nowadays in a more vivid and faithful way.