Where are you? It’s a common term in our daily life. Usually the answer always comes out as a geographical location. In this creation, I want to extend the question to the multi-issue of the moment of our life. That could be questions about positions of social status, age, economic ability, life style, or spiritual condition, etc. What is your life should be? Are you satisfy or feeling well with your life? This art project is trying to explore the subject of value system in the entity of reality and the sense of feeling by a multimedia interactive installation which is aim to sharing an idea of life between people.
What is the living propose of our life? We may worry be the vanquished of capitalism, be weak, lose a job, afraid the environment be destroying. The modernism dominates our life and turns it into the dangerous situation Such as the banking system, environmental problem…etc. How do you control your life? Is your life oriented towards welfare? How do you locate your life? Contemporary life makes people puzzled. So do you know Where are you? And what is your hope? Hope, it keeps us to move into a new future. So everybody needs a hope to move on further.
I sited in the studio and talk with audience about the ideal of life. I also ask them to write their feelings and thoughts and names on Post It notes and stick them to an axis on the wall (what I call the location of life). It asks people to stick their notes to indicate location of life. Whether they are happy or sad, sufficient or insufficient will determine where they stick the notes.
As well, I recorded one minute of a video about Hope from audiences for my ongoing work “world hope collection”.
Where are you?
Interview by Fremantle Art Centre
What inspires you artistically?
New York art. I went to New York in 1998. I was a painter but when I was in America I explored independent film, contemporary dance, multidisciplinary arts. I also met a Taiwanese artist, Tehching Hsieh there. He did some very cool projects – one project in which he was in a cage for a year – not speaking to anyone. His friend would bring food to him everyday. It was about boundaries between people and society – relationships and their limitations. He was illegally living in New York.
During the time in New York I began to think more conceptually. Not being bound by specific materials – if I had an idea I would explore it and use what every medium – live performing, digital media, etc
How was the idea for Wall of Hope conceived?
I had this idea many years ago but I feel now is a good time to explore it.
We live in a very different world to what it once was. It’s always evolving. It can be confusing and overwhelming. I wanted to know if people are still hopeful. I am sometimes confused in my own life. I have a good job, I am a professor, a father and artist but sometimes I feel what is the real goal, what is the real purpose of life.
As Taiwan we are stuck in between China and America – China doesn’t think of us as an independent country and we’re inundated by American culture. Geographically we’re in between Japan and the Philippines – Japan is very wealthy and the Philippines is very poor. We’re somewhere in between. It’s confusing.
I’m very excited how people relate to this interactive installation. It can only be done when people come.
Will it ever be finished?
No, it’s an ongoing project. The videos I collect here will inform what I do next. I would like to collect videos from Taiwan and America and other places around the world and use in this ongoing work.
Are you hopeful?
Every morning I feel different. Sometimes I wake up feeling very joyful and sometimes I wake up feeling like I’m dead. To survive is difficult – emotionally I’m always wanting more. I’m always thinking about my next project and when I’m working I feel hopeful and inspired.
What do you think is interesting about the emotion of hope?
Everyone can have it.
What interested you about conceptual/multimedia art?
I want my art to have an effect on people and their ideologies. When I was a painter and I used to go to the studio try to figure out what to paint. But now I don’t have a studio and I don’t have to worry about what materials I need to make art. I just need to think about life and ideas and follow that train of thought. I’m free to explore it in anyway.
For me conceptual art is freeing – I’m not bound by anything.
Multimedia is interesting because now people receive information via digital media more than anything else so I think people are more open and receptive to it
Does you background as a painter inform your installations?
My training and background is in painting and for me it formed the basis of my work. I think it gives you a good grounding. It helped me develop my style and now I continue that just with a different material.
What excites you about Perth?
This is my first time Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.
I love Fremantle and the nature and history of it.
In Taiwan the sea and sky look totally different, here I feel very clam when I look at the ocean. In Taiwan it feels very dangerous when I look at the sea. Here the sea is so nice, so beautiful and calm. I have been jogging every day around the beach and port in Fremantle.
What would you say to people who come down to be involved in Wall of Hope?
I hope they can relate to me – I’m a foreigner but I hope people will feel comfortable to speak to me and share their feelings. That will be their gift to me.
When I sit in the studio and talk with people I’ll also ask them to write their feelings and thoughts and names on Post It notes and stick them to an axis on the wall (what I call the location of life). It asks people to stick their notes to indicate location of life. Whether they are happy or sad, sufficient or insufficient will determine where they stick the notes.
I want to build up a stage in which people can share their emotions. Everyone has the potential to feel hope and everyone is unique.
你在哪裡? Where are you?
“你在哪裡?” 是一句生活中常出現的生活用語。通常是在詢問某人的確切地理位置。在這個創作作品中，希望將這個提問延伸到更多重面向的指涉和思考。例如;社會地位、年齡、經濟能力、生活狀態、精神意識等等，這是一種關於當下主體性和價值體系的藝術提問。風格 心靈
我是從一系列在台北市區拍攝的攝影開始這一個創作的。這一系列的影像有著城市的流動感與虛幻的反射為背景。影像中的人物面貌皆正巧被遮蔽或模糊難辨別。這個時代不僅在快速的改變，這是現代主義帶給我們的結果。新就是好、所有的一切都快速地被替代。這包括生活的目的，我們擔心成為物質主義的思敗者、擔心年老、擔心失去工作、擔心環境被毀滅。現代主以對生活的支配變成為危險的工具。例如金融體制、環境問題…等。你如何支配你的生活? 你如何定位你的人生? 當代生活是如此令人困惑。你知道你在哪裡嗎?
2012年我來到西澳的港灣小城Fremantal駐村。並在此發表我這新的一系列創作。我在Fremantal藝術中心展出自台灣帶來的兩件錄像作品，以及12張影像輸出(90*30cm)作品。另外在展間中有一組觀眾互動裝置，我在一面牆上畫了一個X、Y座標，橫向座標是Sad 和Happy，縱向座標則是Sufficient 和 Insufficient。在空間中擺放著桌椅以及便利貼和筆，這是要請觀眾寫下個人的生活現實或精神感受並依個人的生活滿意度將便利貼黏到牆上。我每天於固定時間到展場現場與觀眾對談生活的心得，並請觀眾於現場錄下一分鐘的Hope影像畫面，這些畫面將於後續在台北展出。
2012 『where are you』Fremantle Art Center., Australia