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Knowledge Reading Gesture of Asia-Version of 2013 Kaohsiung Award
2013
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Wu Tzu-Ning
Knowledge Reading Gesture of Asia-Version of 2013 Kaohsiung Award
2013
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This is a site-specific version of Knowledge Reading Gesture of Asia for 2013 Kaohsiung Award. The revision of this work based on actual events, which happened during the 2013 Kaohsiung Award Art Competition.

The Museum declares that “the Museum has the ultimate right to decide the final space of exhibition displays” according to the general regulations of this competition. This work of 2013 Kaohsiung Awards Finalists, which is being forced to display in a space doesn’t meet the basic space needs of the work on the basis of original entries. To show this work in a space lacks of height will completely change the meaning of the work. Due to the unreasonable space planning of the formal exhibition by the Museum, the Artist considered refusing the formal exhibition as a protest. But the Museum emphasizes that there are penalties for participants who refuse to exhibit their work. The refusing participant will be disqualified and not allowed to participate the Kaohsiung Awards again in five years. In the end, the Artist ask the Museum to submit the work changing requests to the 2013 Kaohsiung Awards Committee for an open discussion, and finally get a full consent of these work changes.

The original sentence of the work is “If You Want To Be An Artist, You Must Further Your English Ability.” The purpose is to criticize linguistic hegemony. But in this revision, the sentence has been changed to “If You Want To Be An Artist, You Must Kneel Down Before The Museum.”

The exhibition of this work is not only showing the single projection on the main wall, but also showing a description video of work changes on the wall of left hand side. The video aims to show the truth of the communication process between artist and the Museum staff. The dialogue during the communication process, which is true and not imitated or simulated by the artist, is hereby acknowledged.

Further more, on the wall of right hand side, the sentence “Because You Are Not The Only One Artist.“ as an announcement, which is an interception from the dialogue between artist and the museum staff.
Here, the sentence which highlights 'the only one' artist, is rarely seen grammatically speaking, meaning to call attention to the laughable saying. By doing so, the sentence intends to show up ironically how the artist is not 'unique' rather than just being 'one', number-wise. Furthermore, this sentence may metaphorically calls attention to the state of the artist becoming not special and replaceable in the era of The Cultural Industry (Theodor Adorno), when there are reproductions of artworks. And now the Artist is not 'the only one’, which is a real taunt as the turning point of this work.

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