From July 10th until September 30th I will be artist in residence at the Taipei Artist Village in Taiwan working towards a new video artwork SLOW RISE – video installation
During my studies in Taiwan I was struck by the organized ways people moved in the metropole of Taipei City. Millions of people travel in Taipei using both the roads and the underground transport system. It feels a bit like a well orchestrated chaos.
During my visits to other Asian countries, Japan and Korea, I sensed a comparable discipline.
I am fascinated by these seemingly endless choreographies of people. During my studies in Taipei I often have watched these streams of people. Queuing for the bus is a normal thing to do for Taiwanese people. Back in The Netherlands I noticed the differences in the use of the public space between Dutch people and Taiwanese people.
One of the best spots to observe people on the move in Taiwan are the escalators in the Taipei Main Station. I would like to explore the contrast between the escalator’s mechanized movement and human movement in a video artwork. The video installation, working title: SLOW RISE, shows people on an escalator. Although the people are standing and resting, they are nevertheless moved up by the escalator.
It is the contrast of the moment of resting and the movement within a modern city. The people passing on the escalators will differ from each other in age and lifestyle. By staging some additional scenes I will add some alienation effects to the images, for example by introducing some strange characters. I will also show the difference of the use that is made of the escalators, sometimes things are quiet, but when metros arrive, the escalators get packed with people. The video will be shown without music, thus stressing the importance of the image. The onlookers are forced to watch the behaviour of the people in the video.
Like with my previous work SLow (made in Taiwan) I want to present a combination of stillness and dynamics. Asia is getting more and more important, not just economically but also culturally. For me this aspect of Asia is also present in the video installation. People are upwardly mobile moved by the mechanics of escalators.