The Rhyme of Forms 化形為賦
Concrete and Single-channel video ( 2'28" ) / 混凝土、 單頻道錄像 ( 2分28秒 )
Size Variable / 視場地尺寸而定
( Installation view of The Moment of Devotion in DOU Maison gallery, Tainan, 2014 )
History urges the contemporary makers to immerse themselves in its flow, to capture the events that take place on the spur of the moment. The malleability hidden in history can then be altered. This character of fluidity within history is neither concrete nor abstract, but something closer to a restless stir of senses and emotions. A maker captures a variety of material phenomena that occurs at the moment of his or her affection towards history. If this process is to be represented by a form of literature, then it certainly possesses the quality of a rhyme: not quite a poem, not quite an essay, but a hybrid composed of mixed emotive elements.
‘The Rhyme of Forms’ is a site-specific installation with a concept material derived from the brand’s designated fabric for the season, jute. Tracing back the history of the jute-production industry in Tainan to the Japanese Occupation Period, and also re-evaluating the chronicity within the jute material, I collected an assortment of clothing donated for charity. Close attention was paid to the processing of jute and cotton fabrics in this clothing collection: I mixed the fabrics with binder, aggregate, and concrete, and then burned the mixture to disintegrate the organic fibers within. Hollow spaces reminiscent of the original fabrics were created, and the blocks of concrete mixture became “artificial clothing fossils.” The pieces of abandoned, or ownerless, clothing were like objects in exile. They are returned now, however, to the commercial space. Through this process of rebirth, I attempt to revitalize the mechanism of commercial display and redefine the relationship between the self and the material.
作品《化形為賦》為ㄧ件場域裝置，日殖時期台南擁有重要的製麻產業，我透過黃麻來重新審視物質所含有之歷史性，藉由收集因人們行善而被捐獻之衣物，特別是麻綿纖維製品，利用布料纖維與膠結材 (binder)、粒料 (Aggregate)之混合形成混凝土 (Concrete)，再透過焚燒攙雜其中之布料，使混凝土塊殘留下原本纖維所處位置的空間，猷如“人造的衣衫化石”，這些曾經被棄置或無主之衣物，如同被放逐之物，今卻再度重返、重新展示於商業空間，藉以歸返過程將商業展示活化，提出物我關係之詮釋新解。