"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
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