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Betelnut Tree, Bird's-Nest Fern and African Snails
2020
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CHANG Ting-Tong
Betelnut Tree, Bird's-Nest Fern and African Snails
2020
double-channels-video , site-specific installation
Video: 14’41‘’ / Installation: Dimensions Variable
Betelnut Tree, Bird's-Nest Fern and African Snails
2020
double-channels-video , site-specific installation
Video: 14’41‘’ / Installation: Dimensions Variable
Betelnut Tree, Bird's-Nest Fern and African Snails
2020
double-channels-video , site-specific installation
Video: 14’41‘’ / Installation: Dimensions Variable
Betelnut Tree, Bird's-Nest Fern and African Snails
2020
double-channels-video , site-specific installation
Video: 14’41‘’ / Installation: Dimensions Variable
Betelnut Tree, Bird's-Nest Fern and African Snails
2020
double-channels-video , site-specific installation
Video: 14’41‘’ / Installation: Dimensions Variable
Betelnut Tree, Bird's-Nest Fern and African Snails
2020
double-channels-video , site-specific installation
Video: 14’41‘’ / Installation: Dimensions Variable
Betelnut Tree, Bird's-Nest Fern and African Snails
2020
double-channels-video , site-specific installation
Video: 14’41‘’ / Installation: Dimensions Variable
Betelnut Tree, Bird's-Nest Fern and African Snails
2020
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Betelnut Tree, Bird's-Nest Fern and African Snails is Ting-Tong Chang’s latest project created in 2020. It documents the artist’s two-week stay in a mountainous area, where he collaborated with an Amis tribal hunter and created a dwelling place there using locally sourced materials. They also placed traps and made inventive survival apparatuses. Through an installation consisting of a semi-documentary two-channel video and the dwelling place and apparatuses created, Chang presents connections between the following three indigenous species found in Taiwan’s natural landscape: betelnut tree, bird’s-nest fern, and African snails. He seeks to use an object-oriented perspective to reevaluate the trajectory of human history, with experiments conducted on transforming “art skills” into “survival skills”.

Betelnut trees were first imported by the Dutch into Taiwan, but betelnut consumption was banned during the Japanese colonial period. As industrialization took off, betelnut became popular amongst the labor class for its energy boosting effects. Bird’s-nest fern is a wild edible plant native to Taiwan and has become an expensive organic produce as people become more health conscious. The horticulture of bird’s-nest fern has also impacted the ecological landscape of betelnut groves. African snails were introduced by the Japanese government from Singapore as a meat substitute; however, Han Chinese biases have turned the snails into a major agricultural pest for the bird’s-nest fern. The symbiotic relationship between these three species seems to be due to natural evolution; however, in reality, it is a human-induced product shaped by interconnected political, economic, and cultural structures.

ARTISTS
13 artworks / 74 exhibition
New Media Art , Installation Art , Video Art
Ting-Tong Chang’s works co-opt field research, interdisciplinary collaboration and on-site production. They raise questions about the relationship between science, technology and society. Ting-Tong Chang received his MFA at Goldsmiths, Univ ...
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CHANG Ting-Tong, 2016, New Media Art , Installation Art
CHANG Ting-Tong, 2019, New Media Art , Installation Art , Video Art
CHANG Ting-Tong, 2018, New Media Art , Installation Art
CHANG Ting-Tong, 2021, Video Art , New Media Art
CHANG Ting-Tong, 2017, Video Art
CHANG Ting-Tong, 2017, New Media Art , Installation Art , Video Art
CHANG Ting-Tong, 2021, New Media Art , Installation Art
CHANG Ting-Tong, 2015, New Media Art , Performance Art , Installation Art , Painting
CHANG Ting-Tong, 2020, New Media Art , Installation Art
CHANG Ting-Tong, 2018, Installation Art , Video Art
CHANG Ting-Tong, 2020, New Media Art , Installation Art
CHANG Ting-Tong, 2015, New Media Art , Performance Art , Installation Art , Painting