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… In My Memory, I Had Been… Then Concentrating…
2007
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Chen Kuan-Chang
… In My Memory, I Had Been… Then Concentrating…
2007
Single-channel video
Depends on the place of exhibition, 15'02''
… In My Memory, I Had Been… Then Concentrating…
2007
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Smiling in the Field involves a constant meticulous state of micro adjustments. The act of smiling is stretched out into a 15-minute long continuous action, with careful attention paid to muscle exhaustion; it is an act of perseverance but not exaggeration, with a smile kept in a state of balance between being relaxed and tensed. This careful act appears like something that a well disciplined child would do, but in actuality, by extending the time of smiling, emphasis is placed on absurd etiquettes and rules, which are accompanied by abstract notions of conventions or restrictions. Smiling in the Field is an artwork that investigates the physical action of persistent smiling, which is considered to be a polite gesture. By smiling and joyfully executing a restricted action, this idea deals with not only conventional restrictions or regulations; it further asks the question, “When an entity is consciously conducting a movement or action that appears to be restricted, can we simply argue from the superficial gesture that the person is without subjectivity?” On the contrary, does a subjective approach necessarily have to be done through confrontational behavior, in order for it be enhanced? Doesn’t confrontation have to unfold in an existing situation? In facing structural norm, perhaps I am searching for an alternative route, and it is a path about representing customary order in a “joyful” manner, with the word “order” replaced. Furthermore, through repetitive actions, this order or regulation is then exhausted, for the individual/subject to once again take shape.

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16 artworks / 34 exhibition
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Visual artist, independent educator, and cultural worker
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Chen Kuan-Chang, 2010, Performance Art , Video Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2005, Photographic Art , Performance Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2005, Photographic Art , Performance Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2005, Photographic Art , Performance Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2006, Performance Art , Video Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2007, Performance Art , Video Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2010, Performance Art , Video Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2008, Performance Art , Video Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2010, Performance Art , Video Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2010, Performance Art , Video Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2008, Performance Art , Video Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2010, Performance Art , Video Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2005, Photographic Art , Performance Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2006, Performance Art , Video Art
Chen Kuan-Chang, 2007, Performance Art , Video Art