『 I Go Traveling Ⅹ /An Epitaph-（stage1）performance-installation』
Performance installations. A performance brings forth installations. Installations for a certain performance. There’s no separation between the two—a document, an object, or an installation that is both of the two and taking place in turn, or simultaneously.
Information of Live Performance :
Time:2012/4/7~/29 (4/7、4/14、4/21、4/28 at 19:30), Venue: Z Space/Taichung
Epitaphs shock. They force one to face a situation that everyone is familiar yet refuses to talk about. We avoid it, beat around the bush, and avert our eyes. Not only the final cry freezes you up, the inadequacy of words even makes you speechless.
If one treats an epitaph as what it is—a fixed literary genre—it might seem quite practical. However, the reality invites questions. Why one particular sentence for the deceased? What’s the purpose of our comment? The epitaph hurts him not, but pains the living. It should be done when one’s alive, but there’s no epitaphs for the living. Is it that one could only speak one’s true mind after someone passes away?
We face a predicament. No single sentence could sum up the existence of a human being, which, if were consisted of countless fragments, would only be a fragmented existence. However, an epitaph has to be complete and concise, a unified signification; and it only allows so many words. A disparity present itself between the form and its subject. One might find an exemplary epitaph but could never be certain whether it precisely captures its subject.
We try to delay death, the only truth that beckons life. Epitaphs are a genre that aches one’s heart—words that speak our impotence of detaining death or the deceased. One could not finish it before death arrives; one could not carry on with it after death departs. Words are always incomplete, and death is always early.
『I Go Traveling Ⅹ /An Epitaph-（stage2）』
2013 4/2~4/21 Dogpig Art Cafe /Kaohsiung
2013 5/11~5/31 http://taiwan-space-time.tk
2013 5/31 17:00 Gallery Rosalux (Berlin)
The end, or rather a backward glance over the end, is a small, vertical space accompanied by a horizontal place that is a strip of land. You understand what it is when you see it from afar. You lament its briefness as well as its tediousness.
What is erased is the body that once again emerges with the earth. What is erased is the language that can never convey the meaning no matter how elaborate or concise it is.
“I,” the artist, still hold onto the everlasting desire of communication, carrying the billowing language. Like a traveling bard, I begin an eternal journey.
1. Video and Performance Installation (2013 5/11 ~5/31)
Four simple wooden rooms are required. Each allows only one person. Two walls are fixed wood planks while the other two are movable wooden doors. The square measure of each room is 90cm X 120cm whereas the height is 190cm. The ceiling is also detachable.
The four rooms form a cross, leaving a square of the same size in the center. Video documentations are shown inside each room as the two opposite rooms are paired. “I Go Traveling VIII” will be shown in one pair of rooms, which entails the action performance on April 19th, 2008, including both the filmed as well as the filming. “I Go Traveling VII—Plaza Traveler” will be shown in another pair of rooms, which entails the action performance in two parts—the listening and the watching.
The time of the performance is also the space of the performance.
2. Action Performance (2013 5/25 , 5/31 17:00)
The performance entails three parts of a biographical text and three performers. The narrative outline and performance instructions are given as follows:
A. Performer One, Two as well as Performer Three each chases the previous performer. (Par I of the text)
B. Performer One reads the texts from the beginning part. Performer Three reads the text from the middle part. (Part II of the text)
C. Performer Three conducts a soliloquy, and Performer Two and One speak in turns. (Part I & II of the text).
D. Performer Three, Two and One exchange their texts. (Part I, II & III of the text)
Performers move in cross, exchanging texts as well as places then and then move backwards into the rooms while the light dims. Singings are heard. Silence follows. The end.