The Burnning Issue Residency Programme: When (not) to let go – Lee Kit – Talk#1
關鍵議題駐村計劃：甚麼時候（不）放手 – 李傑 – 講座＃1
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(The speech is in Chinese. 演講以中文進行。)
今年遷移到台北當代藝術中心的駐村計畫，再次地回應到對藝術創作模糊定位的關注，去追問什麼是藝術？什麼是藝術作品？誰是藝術家？李傑透過對 TCAC 的空間進行一些改動，配上幾首配樂、影像，架起理解的背景，以及接連四場藝術家如在大學 critique 一般的講座，重看個體性的一些不同面向帶動更多討論。他在開場提到：「個體常常被行業給吃掉了」反省藝術家在藝術作為一個行業的位置，其特殊性往往為人們言談中所忽視，而被簡化成一個含糊的藝術家身分。
李傑對於自身所處的狀態或環境有很高的自覺，那些看似微不足道而無形的日常經驗或感觸，或許難以說個明白，但一直被李傑放進持續思索生活體驗的藝術行動。自大學時期開始的「手繪布」即是一個難以被定義的創作，以淡雅的色彩在布面畫上格子或條紋，看似單調，但被放置在不同空間情境下，如2007年他在香港 Para/Site 推出一個與觀者互動的展覽「3/4 suggestions for a better living」，將 Para/Site 布置成咖啡店，咖啡桌鋪上的是他的手繪布，既組成佈景的一份子，又彷彿活出了獨立的生命狀態。
A Case Study
Moderator | CHENG Meiya
Speaker | LEE Kit
Talk ＃1 Highlights:
Text/ Tiffany Lay
During Lee Kit’s artist in residence program at TCAC he hopes to bring the relationship between artists and curators closer together. So that an artist not just manufactures and produces artworks but is also involved in the execution and presentation of their works. As an artist that temporary represents TCAC he hopes to show the ways that artist can contribute in a residential community, and how he can change spaces to create new environments.
Lee Kit, as an established artist representing Hong Kong in Venice in addition to multiple shows before presenting at TCAC. Through his stubborn attitude and being always true to himself not changing a bit for anyone, has successfully led him to create artworks that represents his true self and his perception towards art, society and family. He believes that art starts from the self – an individualistic approach to art. However to him art isn’t just about the himself. Art to Lee Kit is like three peas in a pod, there is society, family, and art as the three peas all fitting into one pod the individual, connecting and uniting the three together.
He expresses his frustrations when people talk about “art”, because they often only refer to the art industry or about people affiliated with the art world but not about artworks itself. In addition to his frustrations about the art production system and how art has become a sign of capital. However in response to his frustrations he says that he is aware that there are a lot of things in the world that just can’t simply be changed but are just part of the system that we must face. He understands that art doesn’t change the world, but art can influence individuals who can then make an impact in the world. He emphasizes on the individualistic approach where an individual must first understand him or her self and their perspective, then make little changes in everyday life, those modest changes can result in a larger overall influence.
Project director: Meiya CHENG
Project manager: Jo Ying Peng
Executive Team: Frankie SU, Yen-Hsiang FANG, YU Cheng-Ta, Fong-Ray Hsu, Chen Hsiautsa, Shu Han Chang
Project assistant: Tiffany Lay
The programme is sponsored by the MINISTRY OF CULTURE