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 deploy the technique of 3D scanning on the body of the first conjoined twins in Taiwan and use it as materials to reenact their memory from the youth. This work attempt to explore the layer of biopolitics and the demonstration of one’s memory.
The first conjoined twins underwent the separation surgery in 1979 and the whole surgeon process was broadcast on TV. In that period, Taiwan was under martial law. Therefore, this surgery was often interpreted as a metaphor for the relationship between Taiwan and China. Forty years later, I revisit the iconic figures and reconstruct the narration of their memory within personal and public experiences.
Back in 1979, in order to rehearse for the separation surgery, the hospital invited an artist to make a cast of the conjoined twins. However, because it was difficult to control the babies during the molding process, the attempt to make a cast was unsuccessful. 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 is now 43 years old, and he 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.
For the conjoined twin separation surgery performed in 1970, the hospital invited an artist to cast a mold of the infant’s body as an exercise before the surgery started; eventually, the mold was not completed. Now that technology is more advanced, the hospital chooses to use 3D digital scan as a replacement of the older mold-casting technique when it performs conjoined twin separation surgery.