駐村藝術家-謝佑承《高壓電》 High Voltage
時間 Date2019-11-27 ~ 2019-12-29
地點 Venue蕭壠文化園區A2館 A2 Gallery, Siao-Long Cultural Park
During my residency, I knew the object, “pin insulator”, from the collections of the Heritage Architectural Materials Vault. Dismantled from buildings, the pin insulator, made of glazed porcelain in cyan, was an antique high voltage insulator which had been widely installed on the overhead beams in wood structured buildings to fix the copper wires as a conductor of electricity indoors. So it was one of the earliest devices used in the modern electricity system.
In the book, In Praise of Shadows, Junichiro Tanizaki elaborated his idea about electricity, darkness, and even modernity. I can’t help but start to visualize the overlapped images of the broken, disused lightboxes hung alongside the industrial roads, the solitary, lightless nights accompanied by street lamps, and their electrified bodies connecting to each other. After the glorious time of brightness and illumination, what causes their declination today? And what remains staying behind in the darkness?
The project of my residency will include a series of paintings, objects, and space installations with reference to the electricity system. It is my intention to further imagine, to collect local historical materials, to explore colonization, to investigate gaps between technology and modern society by outspeeding its development while going back to its originality.