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"文化消化器"聯展錄像記錄 VIDEO in the group exhibition "Cuktural Stomach"

“遷移”             1997  玩具青蛙, 鐵, 水, 花瓣            可變尺寸

"Migration", 1997, toy frogs, metal, water and flowers, various dimension

 

作品由幾個交錯的鐵製水道構成,在其末端的小水池中,有著從廉價商店買來的玩具青蛙,毫不懈怠地奮力地游著。鐵製水道互相交錯卻不相通,而且水道太狹窄以致於無法讓青蛙游過,描繪出了一種好像很容易,但永遠無法實現的承諾。這些努力不歇的小生物沒有出路,只有當電池耗盡了才能休息。對照人類世界中的無力感,作品名稱【遷徙】也點出了跨國旅行,只是少數人才能享有的特權,世界上大部分的居民仍居住在原生地,以生產物品至全球市場交易。這些製造於創作者家鄉“台灣“的廉價塑膠玩具,如同這些青蛙們,雖然只有短暫的生命(很容易壞),但都很會旅行(賣到世界各地)。

The piece consists of an intersecting system of metal ducts, at the end of which mechanical frogs, commonly found in cheap junk shops, swim tirelessly in small water-filled compartments. The ducts overlap but are not connected to each another and they are too narrow to be able to carry the small mechanized animals, thereby giving an illusion of easy access that cannot fulfill its promise. There is no way out for these unflagging little creatures; only the dwindling of their batteries can provide rest. Conjuring associations of human powerlessness, the piece’s title also reminds us of the ways in which global travel is a privilege of only a very few. The majority of the world’s population remains in place, often fabricating products to be circulated in the global marketplace. Frequently made in the artist’s home country of Taiwan, it is plastic products like these frogs that in spite of their short lifetime often travel the greatest distances.

 

攝影:彭泓智 Photo: Hung-Chih Peng / 英文簡介 English Introduction by Sarah Lookofsky

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