Banner on the facade. The actual space where my show is, is in the underground next to the museum.
This show covers work from the past 10 years. It’s my first museum solo outside of the Netherlands; Phenakistiscopes, shadowfigures, animations, caleidoscopes, wallpaper. Pretty much all the different low tech and pre-cinematographic media I have been working with over past 12 years. With exception of drawing off course. (only animated, moving images here). The show is named after the roman goddess of the sewers and also the title of my upcoming film, that will also include this diversity of old media. (you can read more about the subject of this movie on this blog)
It’s a very public museum space; Half open to a passage, where city dwellers pass by. On their way to the subway or on the way to the big underground bookmarket, that is facing the exhibition space. (Many bookstores in Taiwan, very surprising) I made the space a bit more intimate by making the 3 entrances semi transparent. Two shadow walls and one large printed curtain. Representing two welcoming guards, based on shadowfigures and inspired on a chinese puppet-theatre character. The character will also play a part in cloacinae.
School children, elderly people in wheelchair with their nurse, homeless people, ladies shopping, kids.
To name some of the first visitors who all walked in, out of curiosity within the first hours of the opening. Looked at my work, read the written description or took the free bilingual brochure. The subway is a really good place to show art. Paris, New York, Amsterdam, London, etc all have a lot of permanent art, but no exhibition spaces as far as I know, where interesting things happen every month.
You can see their shadow on the other side, the ‘street’ side of the screen. I’ll do a performance with some of these characters and sewer inspection footage on 15 march at Taipei Artist Village. (see previous post)
Four characters; mooncent, naked trash cent, fancy baglady & pennyhole picker
Asian version of piece I made last year in Switzerland. ( branches became bamboo and the swiss cowbells have become gongs & singing bowls) But still the portraits of Marx, Keynes, Freedman, etc spacing around and casting big shadows on walls and curtain (viewable from outside)
4 projected phenakistiscopes; “Deaf coins”, “Tirelire” and “Deposit”
phenakistiscope “The numbers” projected with “ghosts” on the background.
“Receiver”; one of the 3 hand animations from 2006 on a small monitor