Lan Hao-Lun & Luca Bonaccorsi: 9,663
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Lan Hao-Lun & Luca Bonaccorsi: 9,663

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日曆圖案 2021/07/13 09:00 ~ 2021/08/15 18:00

Event Details

About the Artist

Luca Bonaccorsi

Born in Italy in 1994, Luca Bonaccorsi is a director, photographer, digital artist, and musician who is currently enrolled in the graduate school of National Taiwan University of Arts, Department of Motion Picture. Bonaccorsi’s works explore human relationships amid technology and new media, as well as the effects of technology on daily life. Bonaccorsi received a prize to attend the Fondazione Giorgio Cini workshop in 2014, and the artist relocated to Beijing a few years later to become a film director and explore underground music. In recent years, Bonaccorsi has relocated to Taiwan and is currently a student in the graduate school of National Taiwan University of Arts, Department of Motion Picture, mainly creating short films and video art. The artist also participates in multimedia music performances across the island.

Lan Hao-Lun

Lan Hao-Lun is a director and photographer who is currently a graduate student at National Taiwan University of Arts Department of Motion Picture. Lan has participated in the filming of several online commercials, music videos, and fiction films. Lan’s creative work includes narrative and experimental film, mostly exploring themes such as existence and experience and being, attempting to portray human perceptions of the consciousness of time through images. Lan has been awarded the Long Yen Da Guan Film and Photography Awards.


About the Work

Work 9663 refers to the geographical distance between Taiwan and Italy (9663 kilometers) and illustrates Taiwan-based Italian artist Luca Bonaccorsi’s profound contemplations about his homeland. The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has brought abrupt changes to the way we live, impacting politics, the economy, and society, as well as long-distance travels and social interactions, making this the grimmest time throughout history. With the pandemic as the backdrop, the artist uses new media audiovisual to present two windows, connecting scenes of daily life in Taiwan and Italy. The images of traffic hubs, places of worship, gathering spaces, and urban sites hint at scenery changes over time, allowing viewers a peek into the true images of society, inspiring the emotions of life. Just as mentioned in Pierre Nora’s Realms of Memory (Les Lieux de Mémoire), specific locations, objects, or incidents, are at the same time concrete and abstract, and are epitomes of personal and collective memory. Social conditions and scenes of daily life during the pandemic have become embedded into people’s memories, and the simple, blurry images have become striking marks in our collective remembrance. Furthermore, 9663 also entails image references that are either material or immaterial, such as film scenes that resemble distant memories that have become the key to describing the world.  

Cross-country new media interdisciplinary performances are arranged for the opening of the artwork. This method overcomes physical boundaries through real-time transmissions to create synchronized audiovisual art that connects separate locations. The two windows extending infinitely outwards in this new media live performance not only convey the idea of transcending geographical separations but also imply the challenging impacts of the pandemic, portraying the distance between us and our realms of memory.


Creative Statement

Googling “distance from Taiwan to Italy” reveals the result “9,663,” a number that suggests Taiwan as a safe island during COVID-19 and Italy as a land in critical condition.

Venice has become an empty, lonely city without tourists, showing stark differences when compared with the busy streets of Taipei. This work juxtaposes the melancholic and beautiful visual contrasts through the images of the two cities. The composition of 9663 involves two screens, showcasing the tangible and intangible differences between Taiwan and Italy. Just as a distant memory from a film, these memories, grown and rooted within us, have become references when we describe the world in the future. If cities are colors, the two cities exist at two ends of a spectrum, each with similarities and appealing qualities. Despite the geographical distance between the two cities, the fleeting images of daily life in Taiwan and Italy are connected with new media audiovisual technology. The scenes of traffic hubs, places of worship, gathering spaces, and urban sites, give audiences a view of society and the emotions life inspires.  

9663 explores the distance between people, especially in the context of increased unemployment during the pandemic, which has profoundly affected the inner states and daily routines of people. The internet is used as a platform for collaborating in capturing images of the two cities. Instead of rigorous elements such as texts and dialogues, the work process involves game interactions, while the storyboard and images are uploaded so that our Italian creative partner Giulio Montagner can capture related images. The creative process and camera lens shorten distances, allowing connection and enabling us to present the discrepancies of life in the two cities.

As a collective global memory, COVID-19 has left lasting imprints in the minds of people of this generation and is sure to become a discussion topic for people of the future. The numerical symbol of 9663 represents two windows that extend endlessly outwards, crossing geographical divisions and limitations, presenting video art conceived through remote collaboration and shaping the distance of our realms of memory. This work inspires reflection on our current state of life and is a metaphor for how people conquer distances and come together through the invisible windows in our hearts, facing the uncertainties of the future as a collective.