單頻道錄像、玻璃纖維雕塑 Video Installation, Glass fiber
This work is a cooperation with my long-time collaborator, screenwriter Chen Wan-Yin.
I produce a digital-scan model and fiberglass cast of the body of the first Taiwanese conjoined twins. Through this process, I attempt to explore the workings of biopolitics and the functioning of one’s memory.
The first conjoined twins underwent separation surgery in 1979 and the whole procedure was broadcast on TV. During that period, Taiwan was under martial law. In this way, this surgery was often interpreted as a metaphor for the relationship between Taiwan and China.
Back in 1979, in order to prepare for the separation surgery, the hospital invited an artist to make a cast of the conjoined twins. The attempt to make a cast was however unsuccessful, since it was difficult to control the babies during the moulding process.
In this project Single Copy, I have re-casted the body of the now 43-year old Chang Chung-I, and also use 3D scanning technology to archive his body. The data from the archive are then used as sources for capturing memories from Chang’s earlier life. When Chang was 21 years old, he played a role in the movie, Falling Up Waking Down, portraying a teashop owner whose shop was inside a converted old bus. About two decades later, Chang has repeatedly thought about what it would be like to run that old bus-converted teashop. In real life, Chang is married with two kids, and this artwork overlaps his present life with the fictional setting.
Single Copy_clips from Hsu Che-Yu on Vimeo.