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 Australia – Wu, Sih-chin Solo Exhibition

2016.9.17 - 10.23

The exhibition Australia is about the time, from 2013 to 2014, when I went to Australia for a year and six months and everything I experienced there. Australia is 214 times bigger than Taiwan but its population is a bit smaller than Taiwan’s; hence, the old land leaves a great and desolate wilderness. Living in the great wilderness, besides noticing the obvious difference of population density, I also observed the condition for man’s social-economic activities was weakened, let alone speaking of art. For this reason, it was not the cultural shock between Taiwan and Australia I underwent, but the reorganization of living status as to my moving from city to wilderness.

 

Facing the area outside human activity –rain forest, desert, ocean, I could only be overwhelmed by the sublime that the endless and broad landscape bred, reduced to an incapable individual, which was like the situation that man is able to criticize the disaster brought by war but unable to blast the catastrophe caused by natural calamity. The sense of incapability comes from the lost of certain power –the power of maneuver, negotiation, and interpretation; in other words, all the basic abilities that man possesses while living in society become useless. Through the journey I took this time, I realize that the “mother nature” I used to know is written out of man’s “nature hypothesis” because man is never given the ability to interpret inhuman things. To live with animals, plants and natural environment, we make up a human world in which everything is epitomized into personified roles so as to cross the boundary between the human and the inhuman while in fact, we can never go beyond the border of our own.

 

Australia seems to be an exhibition presented by showing a person’s travel experience to describe the look of a country; nevertheless, all works shown in the exhibition were commenced one to two years after I got back to Taiwan in 2014. In fact, these travel experiences have been digested into a kind of reminiscence. By rereading the smattering of historical and geographical background, the knowledge of animals and plants, as well as plenty of images and fragmented information on the Internet, the travel experience has been remodeled into a mixture of experience clumps. When it is turned into a work, every natural thing that was once existed in my experience has once again been revealed by the analogy with human beings.

澳大利亞 – 吳思嶔個展

『澳大利亞』這個展覽是關於2013~2014年間,我赴澳洲一年六個月的時間所經驗的各種事物,澳洲的國土總面積約為台灣的214倍,但人口總數卻比台灣略少,所以這片古老的澳洲大陸留下了大面積人煙稀少的荒野。在這片浩大的荒原中活動,除了明顯感受到人口密度的極大落差,所有人類的社會經濟活動也沒有存在的條件,當然更無關乎藝術。與其說是從台灣到澳洲的文化衝擊,不如說是從城市到荒野後,生存狀態的經驗重組。

 

面對人類活動範圍之外的地域,雨林、荒漠、海洋,我只能被這些延綿無盡的廣闊地景收伏於它的崇高之下,稀釋成一個無能的個體,就像人類能夠的批判戰爭所帶來的災難,卻無從批判天災的浩劫。這份無能感來自於某種權力的喪失,調動的權力、交涉的權力、詮釋的權力,活在人類社會中的所有基礎能力在此都無用武之地。經過了這次的旅途,我發現我以前所認識的「自然」,是人類撰寫出來的「自然的假說」,因為人類從來就沒有能力詮釋非人之物,我們為了與動物、植物、自然環境並存,捏造了一個將所有事物都擬化成擬人角色的人類世界,以之跨越人類與非人類之間的藩籬,但其實我們再也跨不出人類自身的邊界。

 

『澳大利亞』似乎是一個以個人旅行經驗來描述一個國家樣貌的展覽,但展覽裡的作品皆在2014回台一到兩年之後才開始著手,事實上,這些旅行經驗早已被消化成一種緬懷,透過重新閱讀當時一知半解的歷史地理背景和動植物的知識,以及網路上大量的影像與破碎資訊,這個旅行經驗已被重塑成混合的經驗團塊,當其作品化的同時,所有經驗中的自然之物也已再一次的被擬化成人類了。

地點|絕對空間
(台南市中西區民生路一段205巷11號)
開幕茶會|09/17 15:00
座談|10/08 15:00
與談人|王聖閎 蘇育賢


Location|Absolute Space 
(No.11, Ln. 205, Sec. 1, Minsheng Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan City 700)
Opening|09/17 Sat. 15:00
Forum|10/08 Sat. 15:00
Forum Panelists|Wang, Sheng-Hung, Su, Yu Hsien