These pictures are candid photographs taken on the streets of Taiwan.
Blazing heat, humid, greasy, intertwined texture, and stuffiness. What attract me is the readymade collage of people, object and scenes that can only be found on this island. These heterogeneous elements juxtapose by spatial and temporal chance, juxtapose and thus generate tensions. New, old; modern, traditional; foreign, local; earthy, spiritual; death, rebirth… These are traces that people struggle with - collective emotion and desires. Standing on the outer-ring of these traces, I am neither for nor against what is happening, but simply watching without any judgment.
What you see is what you get. Capture the void through the documentation of reality.
This artistic belief is definitely related to my past sound-art experience. In the field of humanistic soundscape, it is especially important to respect original sounds and to abstain from manipulation. We record sound-scenes, listening to them over and over, and thus their inner meanings and rich subtleties gradually emerge. The aftertaste is what we pursue.
I believe that good art is derived from perpetual practices. Just like Hindustani classical music and European contemporary jazz, artists inherit vast traditions that have evolved for generations. They gradually develop their own musical syntax and improvising styles, which in turn enrich their succeeded traditions. Under the limits of the real world, I try to develop an intuitive way of seeing: from searchlight-like, one-way, active, searching to sonar-like, omnidirectional, passive, discovering. It’s a practice to quiet down the background noises, to let the outer world show its own meaning, and to resonate with myself.
To me, this cityscape is a self-reflection that can never be exhausted.