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Hou I-Ting
IN/OUT Place
2012
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IN/OUT Place
2012
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IN/OUT Place
2012
videos
04'30''
IN/OUT Place
2012
videos
04'30''
IN/OUT Place
2012
videos
04'30''
IN/OUT Place
2012
videos
04'30''
IN/OUT Place
2012
videos
04'30''
IN/OUT Place
2012
videos
04'30''
IN/OUT Place
2012
videos
04'30''
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Space offers a systematic definition to place, while place imbues space with meaning. However, for a space determined through satellite, the information-constructed geographical conceptualization and orientation systems are all rational constructs existing outside of the sense of place. Movement through such geographical landscape constructed by information is emphatically dissimilar to the experience of a real-life travel towards a specific location, where we embrace our perception while moving amongst the scenery towards our destination. While wrapped in a time so similar it feels like déjà vu, the movement towards a destination with a sense of place is completely different from the experience of movement among constructed layers of images and data: on the one end is the place, whose concept includes our sensed experience, the communal traditions of the people of the place, and so on; on the other is a space continuum which incorporates information, data, and abstraction. The abstraction of the science of space becomes entangled with the sense of place experienced through human perception and culture: one end of which is a moving mechanism measured by data, while the other is in the past, etched upon and revealing certain scenery and charm.

The silent, still decrepit space of the Taiwan Railways platform contains traces of history, of a past populated by people. Looking out from the platform, what the viewer may see is an alternative experience of movement, one which is created under media broadcast and the global distribution of information: a homogenization without sense of place, independent of a pre-existing mode of experience. This piece was shot in Taipei, at the newly-redeveloped Section 8 of Civil Boulevard. After the train tracks were redirected underground, the abandoned Taiwan Railways platform became an island of solitude. What one sees when looking out from the platform is simulated scenery constructed out of satellite images and data from the internet. With a mechanical, slow camera movement, the piece creates a disconnection from the sense of spatial reality, and attempts to instill the experiences of movement and floating in the viewer with the movement of the camera.

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8 artworks / 24 exhibition
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I-Ting Hou, visual artist Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1979, Hou I-Ting currently lives and works in Taipei. She received a degree from the Taipei National University of the Arts, and later obtained an MFA degree in plastic arts at the Tainan Nati ...
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