藝術家蔡寧個展《無人的在場》 Absence in Presence
時間 Date2020-08-06 ~ 2020-10-08
地點 Venue蕭壠文化園區A13館 A13 Gallery, Siao-Long Cultural Park
駐村藝術家 蔡寧 個展《無人的在場》(Absence in Presence)
About the Exhibition:
Architecture shows traces of human existence. Those who had lived here may be gone; however, what has happened here will constantly affect future users in an invisible way.
Soulangh Incident that occurred in 1895 caused over 2 to 3 thousand deaths, from which the place was also called “the disappearing ones” back then. Even today, most residents here still try to avoid staying at the historic scenes at night. The invisible incident can have its own presence through oral narratives or ritual practices resulting from the descendants’ respect, fear, or belief.
The exhibition takes place in the corridor between A5 to A6 gallery. Image projection occurs only from 5 pm to 9pm every day to symbolize the concept that even though we can’t see the incident, it is still there. The second venue for the exhibition is at A13 gallery to present documents showing what has happened in the four-hour projection for those who are not there. The wall with various holes scattered around in the exhibition symbolizes preset angles. We have been confined to certain positions in the way we read history. Readers are told to “read in a correct and normal way”. The entrance is arranged in the place near the projection wall so that visitors can also be seen as a part of the exhibition.
About the Artist:
Tsai Ning, born in Taichung, has been engaged in architectural space and installation design and digital creation after graduating from university.
He currently works as an artist and a freelance focusing on interactive behavioral design, marginal subjects, visual cultures, and presence of creature being through space-scale installation and narrative image as performative medium.