The status of identity that trembles with the environment- The length of the video is the length of me holding my breath until I can’t anymore. 2021
Durational film, bronze and rubber bands
This is a bronze sculpture in the shape of a coordinate on a geographical location that is squeezed and bent by external forces. The terrain coordinates are suspended between the two tension forces. The translucent elastic absorbs the pulsation of the environment and the pull of the weight of the geographical location itself. Interact with each other. My body is a human tripod for the filming process here. I hold my breath to capture the tremor of the geographical location until I can’t anymore.
Taiwan is located in the submerged belt at the junction of the Eurasian Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate. Many special landforms are produced due to the subduction and compression between plates with heterogeneous characteristics. In terms of international geographic location, it is also on the margin of different political power plates. Identity is like a landform, squeezed among different political, economic, and cultural ideologies, forming turbulence. The definition of Taiwan’s international position is also the ebb and flow of political power between China and the United States. Geopolitics and geo-psychography have created a special identity for the Taiwanese.
When the identity in the tug of war between these two major political economies. What you see is the uneasy shaking caused by the change of political consciousness on both sides at any time. When power squeezes freedom and the autonomy of pursuing identity. Identity recognition fluctuates with the international situation. When spontaneous breathing becomes a daily threat. Where resistance is a necessity, where there is the growing realization of the need for an unusual and unprecedented knowledge to breathe where you should not be able to breathe.