Wei-Yuan MA《Learning to Sleep 2021》
Installation, Dimension Variable, 2021
Lie down on the bed, the one who is last in place is responsible for turning off the light
Then it is completely dark.
The meteor burns as it travels through the atmosphere,
Pieces of embers fell on the quilt, on the land at night.
My planet seems peaceful,
It is in its atmosphere,
A meteor burning violently.
Sometimes with each other.
Sleep is a lonely trail, crossing the trail also means crossing the ridge that separates another day of life. It is a disconnected field, a contrast to the waking society, and a model of the end. The baby is afraid of it and cries out in search of company, and later one becomes afraid that there is no familiar environment when old and alone or when there is no lover by their side at death. On pleasant nights it is a familiar ancient road, and on restless nights it becomes a hidden path. Finally, when entering the dreams, senses that were hidden in the day awakens, like the unseen dark side of the moon.
LIN Zhe-Zhi《Possible Impossibility》
This work is based on a fictionalized joint space exploration program by Taiwan and the United States, which originates back in the early space race era. The United States used the concept and technology of the first moon landing to construct its national symbol and its power of influence, while Taiwan is not regarded as a country and internally, has long been in a state of collective identity recognition crisis.
This internal and external defect is due to the fact that Taiwan has experienced various regime changes in history, which lead to the country itself being in a vacant state of suspense. So far, it still couldn’t escape from the historical effects of colonization, hence we still don’t have an image to generate our collective identity. How to realize this image is a continuous journey in our search for a collective identification, one which has led us to search internationally for possibilities.
《Altitude 70,000 feet》
This is a view filled with various types of political subtext. Among modern military aircraft created during the Cold War, the U-2 reconnaissance aircraft with a maximum altitude of 70,000 feet, was the highest altitude any aircraft could operate. For the first time, the pilot’s field of vision can gaze through the blue gradient transformation of the atmosphere.
This work follows from the piece Container, 2019. Using the screen as a modern viewing medium, superimposing the pilot’s first-person perspective, and atmospheric line that divides the sky and the ground. The work further discusses the subject of viewing politics of images, viewing medium, and overlaying viewpoints.