和藝術家Sebastian Portillo一起駐村創作
Creative Collaborations at Camac (I)


《美好移動》 感官也是需要化學反應

拍攝《美好移動》作品那天,如果記的沒錯,瑪內那天清晨溫度是0°C至5°C。我要求塞巴斯帝安穿著一件薄襯衫、赤腳行走在露水滿溢的草地上行走。結束拍攝時,塞巴斯帝用著濃厚西班牙文口音的英文對我說:「我有非常奇怪的感覺。我的腳像是有麼東西在割我,我的腳好凍、好冷!」沒錯,這就是我想要表達單純的行走,到底能體驗到甚麼,企圖從攝影錄像中找到答案。

塞巴斯帝安:影片中,為什麼要讓人物赤腳行走?

李:鞋有很強烈的示意和態度,如布鞋、皮鞋、高跟鞋、涼鞋、拖鞋等等。拍攝人光腳走路與移動讓影片能聚焦在人的動作上。我們的雙腳感覺到的是鞋底板,而非土地。影片《美好移動》中,每件事都變化著,好比表演者的動作與位置;只有赤腳走動在草地上,持續到旅程結束。

看似平凡的小事物,在我們眼裡很容易被放大看待,用另一種角度詮釋,在卡麥當代藝術中心,和一群來自四面八方的創作者,一起創作,也和當地居民因藝術產生趣味的邂逅。(待續)

《美好移動》影像節錄畫面。

《美好移動》影像節錄畫面。

 



»»As a Taiwanese video artist, I am interested in mixing a diverse array of local and foreign cultures together in my video work, which comes from my Taiwanese cultural roots. Taiwanese culture presents a hybrid socio-cultural complex of East and West culture, including aboriginal, Han chineseness, Japanese, European, American, and so on. Therefore, making art in a rural French village is such a romantic idea. This dream came true when I was awarded an artist residency at Centre D’Art – Marnay Art Centre, France (Camac) . The art-making experience in this remote countryside was thought-provoking and challenging for one who rarely ever leaves the spectacle of the city. Though it is an hour train ride to Paris from Marnay the city is far removed from the intensity of urban life. Instead one can freely wander by foot or bicycle across beautiful farmlands that vividly reflect French classical landscape paintings. Or, one could say that it was Marnay’s beautiful landscapes that attracted painters to create art there a couple of centuries ago.

The residency at Camac was, in reality, not as romantic as I thought it would be before I came. The first challenge I faced in my art making here was to figure out “how” I could adjust my existing creative approaches while situated in the conditions of isolation in Marnay. Because of the stunningly isolated location, I could explore the surrounding scenery without any urban rules. For example, you need permission to shoot outdoors in New York City, especially after 911. In Marnay, we freely worked on projects without any limitations. The experience of working in the natural sourrounding later transformed into my videos materials. Relocating temporarily in Marnay made me explore new cultural patterns through the Camac international community of artists and the authentic French culture outside Camac. My art-making experience was in a new situation. These challenges became opportunities for my fellow artists in residency to collaborate on, including work in visual and performance art, writing and photography, as well as artistic dialogue with the local environment. For instance, the Mexican photographer, Sebastian Portillo—from Morelia City (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)—and I worked together on many independent video and photograph projects. All these responses were done through email correspondence in December after we returned to our home cities. 

In response to “I, Move”
In addition to Sebastian, Colombian writer Viviana Goelkel and Australian performance artist Nick Atkins helped me to carry out this video project. It seemed a crazy idea to have six old chairs on a countryside road and doing art. Before the shooting, Nick came up with a funny idea that we sat and applauded people who passed by us. It seemed nonsense. In terms of a theater, these six chairs formed an outdoor open theater. We were the spectators and watched people who passed by us as they were performers on a stage. The result came out that people were surprised first and left quickly while we applauded. Later, while I was working on testing shootings, a farmer drove a tractor and worked on his farm just right behind us. However he only did the first two rows of soil turning and then left. My assumption was that he might not want to disturb our shooting because of respecting the artists’ crazy creation.

In response to “Lovely Moving
The temperature in Marnay on that day fell between 0°C-5°C. We shot this video in the morning. I requested that Sebastian wear a white shirt, take off his sneakers and walk slowly on the grass, which had a very thick coating of morning dew. After shooting, Sebastian told me, “I had very strange sensation. It is like something cut my feet. My feet are freezing cold.”(TBC)

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