The Burnning Issue Residency Programme: When (not) to let go – Lee Kit – Talk#3
關鍵議題駐村計劃：甚麼時候（不）放手 – 李傑 – 講座＃3
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(The speech is in Chinese. 演講以中文進行。)
About the situation and the society
Moderator | LEE Kit
Speaker | LAI Chih Sheng
Speaker | KAO Jun Honn
Lee Kit moderated a conversation with Lai Chih Sheng and Kao Jun Honn about the situation and the society. During this discussion Lee Kit questioned Lai and Kao about what it means to be an artist in present and what roles do artist take in a modern society. He also mentioned that artworks relate to the society isn’t just merely about politics, there are other aspects to the society. Furthermore he mentioned that he doesn’t just make political art but rather he makes art politically.
Kao firstly started producing works of art during the time when Taiwan first lifted it’s martial law after 38 years. Kao was interested in what really happened during the time and the idea of what defines history. He was greatly influenced by the aftermaths of the martial law when people didn’t really understand what was to come. Therefore Kao, as an artist, he recreates snippets of common everyday life presenting a different perspective or a new way of look at certain aspects of the society. He believes that we often feel that we are not part of the world around us because there just seem to be so much going on yet in small ways each and every one us is still an important part that makes up our society. To him an artist’s role in society is to create different stained glassed windows for viewers to see different aspects of society in a new light and realize that we are all connected as earthlings. There is something about individual that one can relate to, we are not all as different or as unique as we think we are. Referring back to Lee Kit’s idea on individualism, Kao sees individualism as something that isn’t just about the self but instead about each and every individual.
Lai started his artistic career during the same timeframe as Kao, therefore like Kao he was deeply influenced by the lift of the martial law period in Taiwan. However he took a different artistic route as Kao. As an artist Lai is constantly searching for something that never really seems to be attainable, perhaps because after the martial law period whats to come seemed very surreal. Lai makes the site-specific installations that are not seemly an obvious change yet little details throughout his site makes one start to ponder upon what makes up reality. Lai see art as presenting his own individual voice towards society. He says that no matter what others attitude are towards his works are or if others don’t embrace it, he will still have to stay same attitude and respect his viewers because that is his individual voice that not all needs to accept it. Yet as an artist Lai believes that context is a crucial point and that art is a reponds to what is going on around the society.
Lee Kit concludes that doing something simple takes a lot of effort and time. As a collective group of artist we must be confident in what we do and our perspective towards the society. Because contemporary art doesn’t just move or change one in a snap of a figure it takes time to think and appreciate it. Referring back to Kao and Lai an artist’s role is to show viewers a different perspective towards the world. No matter if your viewers agree towards your perspective or not, it is important to stand strong behind what you believe. After all for contemporary art, context is all, and it takes time for people to see a the world through a new new lens.
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