Mountain, Ghost, Sunlight, Umbrella—Unreal Images Flow in Time and Space for Hundreds of Years
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Mountain, Ghost, Sunlight, Umbrella—Unreal Images Flow in Time and Space for Hundreds of Years

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Mountain, Ghost, Sunlight, Umbrella—Unreal Images Flow in Time and Space for Hundreds of Years
日曆圖案 2022/08/06 09:00 ~ 2022/10/02 18:00
googleMap連結 Multiple Screens Area, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts 

Event Details

Mountain, Ghost, Sunlight, Umbrella—Unreal Images Flow in Time and Space for Hundreds of Years

2022/08/02 - 2022/10/2 

Exhibition venue:Multipule screen area


Artist Statement

The title of this work, Mountain, Ghost, Sunlight, Umbrella, uses four nouns to form a series of narratives highlighted by a verb. The narratives are adapted from a true story: The story is about a little girl, who passed away because of leukemia, and the various events that ensue her death. The four stages are “In the Mountain Fog,” “A Ghostly Encounter,” “Bringing the Ghost Down the Mountain in Daylight,” and “The Ghost in an Umbrella,” which adopt abstract image narratives to portray the idea of a body-less spirit.

This work explores how animation technologies are connected with ghosts and illusions. In this case, “ghosts” refer to illusions created by visual afterimages. They linger among different temporal-spatial “nodes,” producing illusions and spiritual disturbances by playing on the inability of the “human eye” to catch up with the “eye of machine.” As early as 1896, the worldview informed by the techniques of stop motion and substitution splice created by Georges Méliès (1861-1938) already gave birth to many spectral and spectacular illusions. As of today, artists are using various technologies, including animation substitution, algorithm, and face swap, to transport the body of modern people into an illusory space-time more than a century ago—the past time of Méliès’s films.

 

I-Chun CHEN

I-Chun CHEN is now a doctorate candidate at the Department of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, and an adjunct lecturer of the bachelor class at the Department of Arts and Design, College of Arts, National Tsing Hua University. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) Awards, the Best Experimental Film at the Golden Harvest Awards, the First Prize of the Taipei Digital Art Performance Award, etc. Her works have been featured in numerous biennials, electronic arts festivals, and film festivals around the world. CHEN ’s practice engages in experimental film, interdisciplinary new media, and contemporary painting. Her primary focus is on social issues and folk stories in industrious, marginalized areas, and among the lower middle class, through which she conveys personal experiences between reality and illusion. Utilizing a research and creative method of cross-comparison, including oral history, field research, solving historical mysteries, dream analysis, and techniques of the occult, she aims to solve puzzles related to the history of cosmos informed by unofficial Taiwanese perspectives.