在/不在 | NEGATION OF YOU
OPENING RECEPTION

Friday, December 13, 2019

17:00 to 21:00

In what states have the body and the self existed since the beginning of the 21st century? The contemporary proliferation of digital media, data mining, and biometrics puts the physical body and its presence—and conversely, absence—into question. 在/不在 | Negation of You sets out to critically reflect on the notion of selfhood in an increasingly digital society. This exhibition’s concept engenders interpretations of identity across physical, digital, and metaphysical realms. As we attempt to examine the state of the body, we look to the “self.” How do we negotiate having a physical body, especially when we consider that although the body manifests one’s presence, we continue to exist in its absence? 

 

Works presented and performed by HOU I-Ting, Florence LAM, LEE Kit, and River LIN work in concert to create a space for reflecting upon and discussing contemporary manifestations and interpretations of the body, presence, and identity. The exhibition is further supplemented by a program of events, including panel discussions, a Drag Brunch featuring performers Taipei Popcorn and Top Poki, a creative communication workshop led by Ariana Lombardi, film screenings, and a lecture. Altogether, the works in this exhibition confront and interact with the bounds of the “body” and notions of one’s “identity” by placing the viewer and their physical form at the center of interpretation. In turn, the audience brings with them reflections, questions, and considerations of their bodies in relation to the works and the artists. 

我們此次展覽是從對身體概念的反思出發,重新思考自21世紀初以來,我們的身體與自我以何種狀態存在?當代人工智能、數據開發、以及生物技術的迅速發展,都不禁讓我們對於肉身的在場或缺席產生疑問。於是,在/不在 | Negation of You 這次的展覽旨在對日益數位化的社會中,自我的概念提出批判和反思。展覽以藝術形式呈現存在和缺席,並且探討跨越生理層面,數位領域和形而上學層次的身份的意義。我們企圖檢視身體,我們從自我出發。思考儘管肉身在世意味著人的存在,那麼我們又該如何理解當肉身不在,存在又該如何定義? 

 

此次參與的藝術家侯怡亭、Florence LAM、李傑以及林人中,都在他們的藝術呈現和表演中創造一個能夠表達他們理解的當代身體,在場(存在),和身份的空間。在侯怡亭的作品《看我七十二變》(2005)中,觀眾將看見藝術家嘗試將自己置入2D的理想化女性形象中。林人中今年的作品《看不見的肖像》(2019),則是他蒙上眼睛為觀眾畫肖像畫。不根據視覺所視來作畫,林人中記錄下他感受到的他者的在場並且在每次結束時為作品命名。藝術家李傑根據此次展覽空間,因地制宜地規劃了一個新的空間。在這裡,他根據自身性格和跟藝廊的空間對話,結合文字,影像,繪畫,燈光和聲音,嘗試將日常生活中難以言喻又形而上層面的特質,投射到藝廊的空間內。Florence LAM的作品《我選擇睡覺》(2016)則是探討在藝廊這一社會空間內,觀眾的行為方式。總而言之,這次展覽是將觀眾作為闡釋的中心,直面身體的界限和身份的概念之間的互動。藝術家則是在展覽的場域中,探索身體,自我和身份的意義。同時,觀眾在展覽中,也將加入這場關於身體/在場的對話,帶來他們關於身體的思考。

Photo courtesy of Capsule Shanghai.

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