蕭壠文化園區Siao-Long Cultural Park
臺南現場 - 常民空間On locations, TAINAN – Folk space
來自烏克蘭的奧克薩娜．契沛李克（Oksana Chepelyk）重建了一個既真實又虛幻的空間META-PHYSICAL TIME-SPACE，藉由全景影片呈現時空，由動態影像組成並不斷循環，啟動一種聽覺－視覺的「質變」機制，用此訴求時間過去又不斷地重新出現，塑造了未來。她用全景模式呈現臺灣儀式，讓各種不同的事件共存在一連串動態意象中：神祕、有魔力、既真實又虛擬，在同時併存下，挑戰當代世界中儀式所扮演的角色。
Venue: Siao-Long Cultural Park, A5 Gallery
“On Locations, Tainan” in 2018 TiFF mainly focuses on life and industries in the areas located at the north of Zengwen River. The area, also known as “Saline Land”, is the border between sea and land. People here have to make their living under scorching sun on this barren land and fight with natural disasters. Despite their hardships, they persevere with life, stay humble and down-to-earth. They work hard and at the same time keep their spirit and kind-heartedness.
Apart from salt and sugar processing industries, Saline Land (Yanfen) was also known for its literary achievements and culture. During Japanese rule, the place was acclaimed as the “Home of Poets”. It is the birth place for the literary journalist at the early stage, “Taiwan New Literature” (1935-1937). The first branch of Pen Society in in Taiwan, “Taiwan Pen in Yanfen” was founded by the support and participation of local writers and art lovers after WWII. This cultural and graceful atmosphere can be observed in places connected to daily life, such as temple squares, corners of streets, and markets.
This is a group exhibition built collaboratively by resident artists in Soulangh and local artists engaged in image creations. In the gallery, visitors can see artworks presented by artists from different backgrounds commencing brilliant dialogues with the same common life space through images.
Miha Štrukelj, the resident artist from Slovenia, focused on Tainan’s local history and architecture enriched by cultural elements. With strings and wooden structures, he constructed a virtual cityscape, a 3D space in which visitors can enter and walk through it. The design brings visitors into a narrow alley and allows them to cross beyond tradition and the present, reality and virtual reality in “Defining Space”.
In order to commence a dialogue with Miha Štrukelj’s 3D space, the curators of TiFF, CHEN Po-i and HUANG Chiang-Liang, present images photographed in streets, alleys, and markets in Jiali District. The space, which was in a single color, is added with some vibrant hues and textures after painting.
Continuing the spirit from “Personal Memorandum”, the senior photographer, LIN Bo-liang, has switched to a digital camera after taking photos with conventional cameras for the past 40 years. He revisits historical sites in Tainan and pays homage to his late mentor Shiy De-jinn through images, which also correspond to his previous works taken by film cameras and accumulated over decades during his visits to different places in southern Taiwan.
The Ukrainian resident artist, Oksana Chepelyk, constructed “META-PHYSICAL TIME-SPACE”, a space so real and surreal. Time-space in the project is presented by video panoramas. Fragments of moving image revolve and activate a mechanism of audio-visual “transmutations”. It appeals to the concept of time, where the past is permanently re-arising, shaping the future.
A panoramic presentation of the Taiwanese ceremony, where multiple events coexist in the row of moving imagery: mystical, magical, real and virtual in the same time, challenges the role of ritual in contemporary world.
Mischa Reska is enchanted with irregularity of street views in Tainan. Buildings are mixed with different styles without damaging their old structures. Every corner has been deliberately or coincidentally made the best use of. The scene attracts her the most is the shiny little tiles on the walls of houses under sunlight. For her, it is the unique charm of Taiwan.
Common scenes locals are so used to sometimes can be treasures for foreigners. If we fail to respect experiences of our predecessors, it will be impractical to think of moving forward to the future. Through the collection of works created by artists around the world, we can rediscover society we are living in from different perspectives. Artists gather here to create new works of images in response to Tainan’s history, geography, and culture. Interweaving the landscapes across spaces and time, the project intends to depict a vivid and substantial image of Tainan City.