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影像、媒體、史料與日常生活交織後的複雜現象吸引著蘇匯宇，過去他以錄像探討大眾影視媒體對人們觀看的影響，以及人們對媒體的思想與慾望的投射。電視與電影的暴力美學、失眠夜的恍惚情境、虛實交錯的幻境景象、電影文化對於女性身體影射或明示的情色與性暗示等，其各式創作主題皆取材於自身被媒體環繞的相關經驗，從電影、電視文化、廣告、國家機器、恐怖主義、自我與他者、身體、慾望投射乃至幻覺與真實等議題都是他的關注項目。近期蘇匯宇開始著迷於古籍的閱讀經驗，透過重讀、重敘與重新組裝過往時代的書籍，獲取對於身體、存在與歷史等課題的重新認識。作品曾展出於台北市立美術館、國立台灣美術館、台北當代藝術館、關渡美術館、高雄市立美術館、加州聖荷西美術館、康乃爾大學的強森美術館以及上海當代藝術博物館等重要機構，2013年錄像作品《稍待片刻》獲邀參加「盧森堡電影節」，於 Casino Luxemburg當代藝術中心播映。曾獲ACC「國巨科技藝術獎」獎助，於2009年前往紐約駐村。
Venue: Taipei Contemporary Art Center, No. 11, Lane 49, Baoan Street, Taipei (MRT Station: Daqiaotao)
Event Su Hui-Yu’s Midnight Reading: 2016.02.17 (Fri), 9pm
This episode brought by artist Su Hui-Yu will focus on the so-called “small books” (xiaoben), a type of pornographic materials that had been the major gratifier for the erotic desires of Taiwanese heterosexual males until the video home system (VHS) had achieved a supreme dominance in the 1980s under the martial law. “Small books” used to be cheap and easily available for juveniles and the lower-middle classes. To preserve the collective memories, the artist sets up a small reading room where this dying-out type of vintage pornography can be available for public reading. The reading room will not only provide a unique atmosphere congenial for public participation without intruding readers’ privacy, but also build a bridge reconnecting people with the past.
Life, Pleasure, and the Reading Room will present Su’s collection on these vintage pornography books for the first time. They will be displayed in the artistic index system, such as “erotic”, “hardcore,” “realism,” “educational,” “science” and etc. During the display period, the artist will also invite participants for a close reading on the ideologies and sciences enclosed in the collection to transform the textual contents into interesting conceptual materials together. Perhaps these old invalid texts will create new doubts for us to relate to our present, and we may therefore realize how our bodies have been (or still are) restricted or fictionalized, waiting for new exploration and activation. Two of his video works will be also on view: The Pleasure of Life and Thou Shalt Not Self-Pollute (Dr. Kinsey).
About the Artist
Su Hui-yu is fascinated by connections among images, media, history, and daily life. In his videos, he explores both mass media’s impact on viewers, and the projection of viewers’ thoughts and desires onto media. Themes in his work include the aestheticization of violence, trance-like sleepless states, the interplay between reality and fantasy, and eroticization of the female body in films. He draws from his experiences with various media, cultures, and the body, as well as national mechanisms, terrorism, and even the self versus the other. Recently, Su’s interest in old books, from which he appropriated and revised text for his work, has led him to a new understanding of physicality, existence and history. His work has been exhibited at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Hung-Gah Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, MOCA Taipei, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, San Jose Museum of Art, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, and Shanghai’s Power Station of Art. In 2013, Su’s The Upcoming Show was screened at the Luxembourg City Film Festival. His solo exhibitions, The Fabled Shoots in 2007 and Stilnox Home Video in 2010, were nominated for the Taishin Arts Award. In addition, Su was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Award and participated in a residency program in New York City in 2009.
About the Salon Spice
In 2017 TCAC is launching a new program series as an attempt to contour future politics by creating a tangible open space for connecting experimental displays and thematic discussions: the Salon Spice. Taking a departure from “body politics”, the Salon Spice will contemplate issues related to social organization and the distribution of political power from two main subjects “sex” and “death.” We will explore how bodies are at the center of this topic, subject to political agency, ideology, cultural symbol, structure and discipline across different cultures. Through a cultural and historical lens, we shall examine how bodies are presented and connected by their representation among individual and collective desires and manipulations in art. Politically and economically speaking, we will investigate how bodies are constantly labeled and classified as heroes, holy figures, witches, or the disfigured. The abnormal, alienated, instrumentalized or body-as-machine figures shall also be examined. These problematic topics will lead us to rethink and identify the real starting point for our very own modernization progress, and link with the symptoms of the contemporary social bodies. Related topics may also extend to eros, gender, identity politics, queer studies, feminism, violence, pain, death, post-internet, cyborg, etc.
The Salon Spice series suggests how to create a 21st century art salon that meets diverse variations of contemporary knowledge production, artistic practice and development of public sphere. It aims to create a co-learning collaborative environment and process for artists and other professionals by building conversations and navigating through research, display experiments, brainstorming, and other artistic communication beyond the form of exhibition-making, and together, exercising the space with fantasy and intervention. This could be considered as one of the strategies for TCAC to expand the public realm and art experimentation, providing a progressive platform for the local art community to explore ideas and intercultural exchanges that can be a part of the public imagination for the art center’s space narration, institutional identity, function and community.