Project for Keelung Ciao 2019: Lung-Jin No.6, Cold Storage in Abandoned Fishing Vessel, Keelung
Thinking back to the first time I went down the ice room, there was no fishy odour. Within the wood moldy smell, only weak light went through the hole of deck which was used for throwing the fishes down. The ship owner said that before the ship abandoned, it sailed for oil trade on the ocean. If so, the ice room was stopped using for more than 10 years, the hold of the ship was empty.
Only about 500 meters distant from the ship, there was a archaeological site found in parking lot. The parking lot outside the people’s houses on Heping Island where was digged out few ancient tombs and remains. That was proved to be the ruin of a monastery which was built by the Spanish in the Age of Discovery. People talked lots about it as if the background changed to 400 years ago by everyone’s imagination. Suddenly, I thought this situation may be same as the church which was gathering center at that time. Comparing with the archaeological site in the Heping Island parking lot, it feels really dissimilar. One is look into the scenery at that time by archaeological finds which was digged out; the other one as if the motionless situation which was met by accident, imagined the objects which was not exist.
Walking on the history vessel, I wondering how time work on the object and the space and how the observer rewrite the narrative by the leaved clues. The imagination process is just like cross the flow of history, or split into another new born background. The rope with moss, the towel moisten by the sea, the fossil need to be identified, the dried folded nautical chart... Rewriting by the objects on the board to creating a narrative with excavating style, and stalking into the frontier of unknown dream in past.