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在華山的烏梅酒廠裡,藝術家彭弘智推出了一台推車,推向人聚集的角落。在推車上有個輕微移動、被紙包住、看起來像佛像雕塑的物體。在數天前,就傳說著有個表演計畫,參與者可以免費拿錢。當人們了解這物體上貼滿的原來是新台幣紙鈔,越來越多的人聚向推車旁。非常快速地,不需要藝術家的敦促,觀眾瘋狂吵鬧地扒下這物體上的紙鈔,如此之下,一個真正的本能競賽開始了。

In the big warehouse space of Huashan (an old winery renovated into exhibition art space), artist Peng Hung-chih wheeled out a flatbed cart, bringing the cart to an area where people congregate. On its bed was a slightly moving paper-covered object looking much like a sculpture of Buddha. Days before, rumors circulated that there would be a performance where the audience would be able to get some free money. More and more people gathered around Peng's cart as they realized the figure was covered with paper currency, NT dollars. Then all of a sudden without the artist's urging, a veritable 'feeding frenzy' occurred as the crowd frantically and noisily began tearing the money off of the figure.

有個人跳上推車,抓了第一把滿手的錢,就灑向觀眾。不管如何,當錢被撕開之後一個裸男就被顯現出來了,同時也顯示出這裸男的腿及下半身因小兒痲痹而扭曲著,一股羞恥心打在人們的臉上。當觀眾還不知道要如何對應之下,原來的虛浮、欣狂及笑聲很快地就變僵了、靜默無語。

One man jumped on the platform, grabbed a fistful of dollars and threw it to the crowd. However, when the removal of the currency revealed a nude man underneath, and also revealed that his lower body and legs were underdeveloped from polio, a sudden wave of shame hit the crowd. The frivolity, frenzy and laughter soon turned into stilted postures and silence as the members of the audience tried to come to terms with what just took place.

有個觀眾取回口袋中的一些紙鈔,走回推車,貼在那患者的生殖器上,不讓它持續曝光。接著,又有另一個人,脫下他的皮夾克給他披上,因為當時在這舊廠房裡仍充滿了寒意。

One viewer took a couple of bills from his pocket, returned to the cart and covered the model's genitalia, not wanting him to be left exposed. And later on, another man draped his leather jacket over the nude model as the cavernous warehouse space was filled with a winter chill.

之後,一些有參與的人告訴筆者,這個在殘障人士身上搶錢的瘋狂舉動,讓他們思考當前的經濟不公現象,特別是資本主義是如何地忽視、剝削及壓榨底層的階級。這場表演同時也關乎著一些觀念如宗教、金錢及拿取的舉動,成為讓所有參與者的難忘經驗。

After the performance, several participants spoke to this writer to describe how the frantic act of taking the money off of a crippled human made them think about the unfairness of the current situation of economics, most notably how capitalism ignores, exploits, and abuses the underclass. The performance also linked concepts of religion and money and acts of taking and became a memorable event for all involved.

文:康居易 Text by: Susan Kendzula

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