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DMZ

23 Jul

We have known that the relation between South and North Korea is very nervous. Because of the history and the war, there are so many tragedies happened between South and North Korea. Though the two countries are nearby each other and also they have the same source of blood in their body, they fight to each other. Though the relation has been batter for the past few years, there are still a lot of problems between the two countries. The case of the problem between South and North Korea is similar to the relation between Taiwan and China. Many years ago, there are a lot of people from China kept coming to Taiwan for better living or for the war. Suddenly, the war between communism and capitalistic made things became complicated. When seeing the history at DMZ and the third infiltration tunnel, I have been thinking about that it’s lucky for us that the relation between Taiwan and China isn’t as serious as the relation between South and North Korea now.

At DMZ, it reminds me the art work”Blood Line” that I had saw at SeMA. It is made by Hyongnam Ahn. The art work is telling about the war between South and North. It tries to tell us that they had the same source of blood, but fight to each other. Why people have to fight even we had the same blood? It is really complicated to answer the question. And the most important thing is how to have a safe and peace relation.

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Communication Research??

23 Jul

For me, the “Communication Research” is the most interesting art work made by Nam June Paik.

When there are human beings live in the society, it must bring communication. The communication between people and people is very interesting. We can share our feelings by communication and we can make up the relationship by having a good communication. Even we don’t have the same language to talk to each other, we still can have a communication by our body language.

There are so many people came in and out of our lives, every one of the passing visitors have some kinds of communication with us. For us, the communication between ourselves and others is like a question mark, which means unknown. We don’t know about each other at the beginning, but after the communication had been produced, we started to have emotions to each other. And the emotion is the heart made by the two question marks in the art work. Also the heart means the relationship from friends, family, and lover. It is really interesting to see Nam June Paik using a couple of simple question marks to show the complicated relation between human beings.

The Talking Art

10 Jul

I went to Hyehwa looking for some art museums or galleries, but the museum I was going to were still rebuilding. When I just felt disappointed and tired of getting lost my ways, there were a special art rushed into my sight.

 

It looks like a part of the bamboo which is made of a big stone. The most special point is that it has a human mouth on it! The first thought that came out of my mind is the Chinese word of bamboo,竹. In Chinese, we speak “竹”as “ju”, and the mouth shape of speaking ”竹” just as same as the mouth showed on the art work. The art work bamboo is telling us what itself is, so we can know it immediately. Therefore, I called this art work as “the talking art”. It was really happy for me to saw a talking art which speak in my first language, Chinese, at a foreign country which I can’t communicate with others easily.

 

 Bamboo in my country means virtuous, and secluded, then I think maybe the art work bamboo isn’t speaking “竹”, but telling all the people to be quiet by saying “sh….”. Also the gray color makes it looked more quite and more secret. The bamboo becomes a special little place of peaceful and serene when standing on a noisy street which full of people’s voice and the cars’ noise. It is a mysterious bamboo, telling us to put down all the distracting thoughts, and be quiet to heard what our heart try to tell us.

 

 No matter it is saying “竹” or saying ”sh…”, this bamboo is truly a talking art for me.

 

 

The Candy Art

9 Jul

It is interesting when seeing the exhibition of Felix Gonzalez-Torres in Plateau art museum. All the art works have its double or more meanings behind, and it makes me keep thinking as much as possible. Among the exhibition, the “Untitled Rossmore II” keep making me think more and more about it. It is totally an amazing art work which full of the artist love to his lover and his art. I had never seen an art work that allowed people to take any pieces of the art work, not to mention to eat it!

The street made of green candies named Rossmore, which is a street that Gonzalez-Torres used to walk on with his lover. Also, it has a connection with his lover’s name, Ross Laycok. Maybe Gonzalez-Torres had a double meaning that he wants to see or stay with Ross Laycok more than he could. Because he suffered the lose of his lover.

The green candies that made up the street may be pretending the grass that Gonzalez-Torres had walked through. Yet I think it may have other meanings. The candy taste like the favor of green apples. Therefore, I think it also have the double meaning about their relationships is like an green apple, which looks colorful. The feeling of love between them is as young, naive, not mature, joyful and delight as the green apple. And also the art work reminded Gonzalez-Torres of the happy time with Ross Laycok, which is sweet like a candy. And I think the “apple” from the “green apple candy” may be the same “apple” from “the apple of his eye”. Or the “apple” might be the one that Adam and Eve ate as the forbidden fruit. Their relation is written in the introduction as “partner” instead of “lover”. It might be a polite way to talk about the homosexual, but it makes me feel more about that people avoid talking about the sensitive conversation. Maybe homosexual hadn’t been accepted at the years of the artist’s background.

Compared with the “Untitled Rossmore”, “Untitled Placebo” is more famous. “Untitled Placebo” also use candies to show the idea, but the difference is the meaning of the candy. Candies in “Untitled Rossmore” are sweet like the happiness, yet, in ”Untitled Placebo” it is sweet as the hypocritical lie. It is talking about the unresponsive U.S. government and its delayed clinical trials during the AIDS crises. At that time, government use candies to pretend the pile of AIDS, they try to make the public believe that they have the hope to be recover and their government is working well. In psychology, this kind of candy called placebo, in some causes it really worked. Because when people really believe that they have the pile which can make them recover, their body will follow their mind and become better. In the other hand, some people resolutely believe they are unhealthy, they will be sick even their body has no problem.

In “Untitled Placebo”, candies all over the ground looks like a big carpet, maybe it also tries to show that government is trying to cover the fact of being helpless as a carpet. The candies are silver as a huge mirror, reflecting the face of the dying public. Each candy means every single pieces of the mirror, we take some candies out, and it will be put more candies in. It is a mirror showing the death. Unlike “Untitled Rossmore”, “Untitled Placebo” is more sadness and irony.

 

Nowhere But Anywhere

4 Jul

        Noh Jungha’s current exhibition at the Sungkok Art Museum. The art works, nowhere but anywhere series, impressed me a lot. Let me talk about the picture which taking place at the museum. We can only see the ticket-collector in the huge museum, which looks very lonely. In fact, there are people anywhere, we just can’t see them because of the special technology.

 

       It makes me think of our life. Sometimes we feel lonely even there are people around us. Although we have friends and family who loved us, we have to walk through the road of our life by ourselves. We need to face all the challenges alone, because this is our life.

 

        It also makes me think of the life between myself and others. There are so many people rushed in my life, and say goodbye at the next moment. They are visitors in my life, we have our lives be interlaced, yet soon become parallel. Just like taking the train, we get on the same train but then we says goodbye to those who have to leave first. In the art work, visitors came in and out frequently, they didn’t leave any mark on the picture. Will the ticket-collector remember all of them? Maybe only some of them will be remembered in his shallow mind. But the people we can’t see on the picture might be the most important role. If there were none of them in the museum, the ticket-collector won’t appear in the picture. If there were none of them in our lives, no one will give us a hand when we fall, no one will encourage us when we were down, no one will love us and share the warmness with us.