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"衣錦還鄉-5"            2001            單頻道DVD錄影            55秒

"To Dress Up at Home -5", 2001, Single Channel DVD duration, 55s

 

"衣錦還鄉"是一系列作品,其中包含四張攝影作品"衣錦還鄉1-4",及一件錄影作品"衣錦還鄉-5"  

"To Dress Up at Home" is a series of works including 4 photographs and one video "To Dress up at Home-5"

 

從流浪狗之家收養的兩隻狗,穿著戲服假裝成純種狗:一隻大麥町及一隻靈犬萊西,這次再次回家造訪。牠們的新裝幾乎覆蓋了全身,而且塑膠眼罩底露出小洞,以便牠們可以看得見,並自由活動。影片的重心是一隻籠內的狗與靈犬萊西隔著鐵籠開始互吠。鏡頭將這兩隻狗的側面均衡地分配在畫面上,彷彿牠們正展開對話,一隻開始吠,另一隻就跟著回應,這樣的對話永無休止,而聲調的陰陽頓挫,讓觀者很難從中分辨出善意、還是敵意,如同在彭大部分作品中,觀者經常被引導投射至一種模糊的符號系統。這是場關於忌妒和渴望的對話?或只是兩個久未重逢的老朋友重述失聯之後發生的往事?

四張攝影作品進一步地記錄這場狗群的互動。總是呈現出圈欄裡的流浪狗,與穿著乾淨戲服的狗之間的戲劇對比。其中一張鳥瞰式的照片中,一隻邋遢的混種黃金獵犬騎上了那隻假扮的靈犬萊西,而其他的狗群則好像完全不關己事地,看著另外一邊;另一張則是靈犬萊西好像正與另一隻狗吵架,而在圈欄另一端的大麥町則呆滯地不知看向何方,因為一群浪狗正在聞牠的屁屁,來進行一場慣常的狗儀式:辨識身分。

 

Two dogs are removed from a pound, only to be returned costumed as “purebreds,” a Collie and a Dalmatian. Their new skins cover their bodies almost entirely, and plastic eyeballs with small holes that enable the dogs to see, make the transformation even more complete. The main interaction of the film is a barking match between a caged dog and the costumed Collie. The camera captures the two as it would any dialogue, their profiles evenly distributed across the frame. One barks, then the other appears to respond. It seems like this call and response could go on forever. The changing intensity and frequency of the barks confuses any attempt to easily distinguish whether the message communicated is benevolent or hostile. As in much of Peng’s work, the viewer is left to project onto rather ambiguous sign systems. Is this canine conversation about jealousy, longing or perhaps just a retelling of what has happened since these two old friends lost touch?

Four photographs further document this interaction. Often featuring many dogs within same shot, the contrast between the pound dogs and those wearing clean costumes is dramatic. In one birds-eye shot, the Collie-convert is being mounted by a scruffy-looking Golden Retriever mix while the rest of the dogs are staring in another direction. In another, the Collie appears to be fighting with another dog. At the other end of the pen, the Dalmatian replica stares blankly into space, while a group of dogs are all engaged in the familiar canine ritual of determining another’s identity; sniffing its behind.

 

Special Thanks to 大塚麻子 Asako Otsuka, 李國民 Kuomin Lee/ 英文簡介 English Introduction by Sarah Lookofsky

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